American Foreign Policy

American Foreign Policy PS 123/PACS 130
Spring 2003
Monday and Wednesday 4-5:30
4 LeConte
Professor Crawford
202 Moses Hall
Office Hours: M 10-11:30


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. Where we are:
Vietnamese Nationalism in the context of the demise of colonialism
Faulty information on which foreign policy was made
Why there was no US intervention in 1954
Outcome of Geneva Peace Conference
US Policy after 1954
“New Look” replaced with “flexible response”
Nation Building and Diem

II. The Second Indochina War: 1961-1975
The Vietnamese fighting in the South were FROM the South
Why make a fuss over this?
Lyndon Johnson’s War
Gulf of Tonkin Incident: August 1964
Tonkin Gulf Resolution
Stepping up the War: overt military intervention
Tet Offensive and Growing anti-war movement
The NLF gains the upper hand
The War under Nixon

III. Interpretation
US Policy goals
Explaining the War and it’s conduct: Broad definition of US Interests and High threat perception
Self-fulfilling prophecies
Misperception and miscalculation
Lessons Was the war inevitable?