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High Stakes: Triangulation, Moscow, and Vietnam

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/9780195172218.003.0010
High Stakes: Triangulation, Moscow, and Vietnam

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During March 1972, two major issues occupied Nixon's attention: the upcoming Moscow summit and the Vietnam situation. He was worried that the presummit expectations could lessen the value of its result. With regard to Vietnam, he asserted that the relative silence at the moment should not give the administration any comfort. This chapter illustrates how the Spring Offensive that occurred in Vietnam presented a serious problem for Nixon's administration. Kissinger played with very high stakes over the next few months because the linkage between triangular diplomacy and Vietnam suddenly became acute. The North Vietnamese Spring Offensive had exposed the inherent limits and weaknesses of triangular diplomacy. Military actions against the North Vietnamese became a must. As demonstrated in this chapter as well, this almost placed the Moscow summit in jeopardy.

Keywords: Moscow summit; Vietnam; Spring Offensive; triangular diplomacy; Kissinger

Chapter.  13282 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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