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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Lecture 17: Nixon, Kissinger, and Detente

I. Where we are:
o The end of the Vietnam war
o Analysis
o Why did the War drag on so long?
o Why Go There in the First Place

II. The Nixon Doctrine
o Three major elements
1. Arms Control with the SU
2. Opening to China
3. Détente

III. What explains the policy shift away from the “hawks” position?
1. Institutional restructuring
2. Ideas guiding the policy shift

§ Middle East
Latin America

§ But the policy and doctrine was essentially unstable.

§ What did the Nixon-Kissinger doctrine do to Domestic politics and democracy?

§ Conclusion