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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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A Frontier Country in the Cold War

A Frontier Country in the Cold War

(p.43) Chapter 2 A Frontier Country in the Cold War
Before the Quagmire

William J. Rust

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter reviews the August 1956 and subsequent agreements between the RLG and the Pathet Lao to establish a neutral, coalition government in Laos. These agreements triggered a concerted U.S. effort to undermine Prime Minister Souvanna Phouma. Ambassador J. Graham Parsons, the Eisenhower administration official most closely identified with Laos, is just one of many U.S. officials whose roles in this effort are discussed. In addition to examining the CIA political action campaign against Souvanna, the chapter discusses the agency's conspicuous presence in Laos. Other significant topics are the Programs Evaluation Office (PEO), the quasi-covert agency overseeing U.S. military assistance to the RLG, initially led Brig. Gen. Rothwell H. Brown (retired); and the notoriously dysfunctional U.S. economic aid program in Laos.

Keywords:   J. Graham Parsons, Pathet Lao, CIA, Programs Evaluation Office (PEO), Rothwell H. Brown

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