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Before the QuagmireAmerican Intervention in Laos, 1954-1961$
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William Rust

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813135786

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813135786.001.0001

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Introduction: Interested Outside Powers

Introduction: Interested Outside Powers

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(p.1) Introduction: Interested Outside Powers
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Before the Quagmire
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William J. Rust

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813135786.003.0001

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

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