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Eisenhower and Cambodia: Diplomacy, Covert Action, and the Origins of the Second Indochina War

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780813167428
Author(s): William J. Rust
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Dimensions: 160 x 234 x 28 (w x l x h)
Pages: 374
Series: Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy and Peace

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Although most Americans paid little attention to Cambodia during Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency, the nation's proximity to China and the global ideological struggle with the Soviet Union guaranteed US vigilance throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia's leader, Norodom Sihanouk, refused to take sides in the Cold War, a policy that disturbed US officials. From 1953 to 1961, his government avoided the political and military crises of neighboring Laos and South Vietnam. However, relations between Cambodia and the United States suffered a blow in 1959 when Sihanouk discovered CIA involvement in a plot to overthrow him. The coup, supported by South Vietnam and Thailand, was a failure that succeeded only in increasing Sihanouk's power and prestige, presenting new foreign policy challenges in the region. In Eisenhower and Cambodia, William J. Rust examines the United States' efforts to lure Cambodia from neutrality to alliance. He conclusively demonstrates that, as with Laos in 1958 and 1960, covert intervention in the internal political affairs of neutral Cambodia proved to be a counterproductive tactic for advancing the United States' anticommunist goals.
Drawing upon recently declassified sources, Rust skillfully traces the impact of 'plausible deniability' on the formulation and execution of foreign policy. His metic Please click here to ask a question
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