Introduction: Interested Outside Powers

William J. Rust

in Before the Quagmire

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813135786
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813136844 | DOI:
Introduction: Interested Outside Powers

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The introduction provides a brief overview of the 1954 Geneva agreements, particularly as they pertained to Laos, and it summarizes the Eisenhower administration's initial policy response to the French defeat in Indochina: providing direct U.S. assistance to South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, instead of passing military and economic support through the French; and establishing the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO). The introduction also describes the cold war context for U.S. decision-making and discusses Laos in relation to “Eisenhower revisionism,” noting that Laos was an exception to the president's record of well-managed international crises.

Keywords: Geneva Accords; Southeast Asia Treaty Organization SEATO; Eisenhower revisionism

Chapter.  4875 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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