America's Commitment to South Korea: The First Decade of the by Joo-Hong Nam

By Joo-Hong Nam

The booklet analyses the strategic motive of the yankee protection dedication to South Korea within the mild of the palpable failure of containment method in Indo-China. in the course of the Seventies the limitation confronting successive American administrations used to be that, when wishing to take care of their previous dedication to South Korea, that they had no wish to preside over one other Vietnam. army dedication and political help have been unavoidably disengaged, and the Nixon doctrine served as either the top and the technique of containment technique in Asia. The examine identifies the imperative stipulations that experience prompted altering American views on South Korea, and examines a few of the basic difficulties of collective safety within the area. specific within the direct engagement of China, the Soviet Union and the us, the safety place of South Korea bears without delay upon the success of peace and balance all through East Asia.

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