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Kissinger, Nixon, and the Challenges of ’69

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172218.003.0002
Kissinger, Nixon, and the Challenges of ’69

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Both Kissinger and Nixon wanted to ensure that the United States remained able to play a central role in international affairs. This role, however, was challenged from numerous directions. In this chapter, the author demonstrates the challenges faced by the new administration when it came to office in January 1969. These challenges include America's dilemma in the Vietnam War and the Soviet Union approaching parity in nuclear weapons. Also included is an exploration of the complex partnership of the two personalities and an assessment of what made Kissinger indispensable to Nixon despite their obvious differences.

Keywords: Kissinger; Nixon; United States; international affairs; America; Vietnam War; Soviet Union

Chapter.  7202 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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