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Nixon, Kissinger and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Kasper Rasmussen

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Transcript of Nixon, Kissinger and U.S. Foreign Policy

Nixon-Kissinger: worldview and approach
Challenges
Détente
Vietnam
Vietnam
Question
Legacy

Perspectives on the literature and on the four presidencies
Vietnam

Resources

US power and prestige
1969: New North Vietnamese offensive followed by US bombing of supply routes into Cambodia, but also troop withdrawals and Paris peace talks

1970: Invasion of Cambodia - later stopped by Congress

1972: US elections - announcement that peace was at hand - Christmas bombings to safeguard Thieu government

1973: Peace treaty, but continued arms supply

1975: Us withdrawal - fall of Saigon
How and why did the Vietnam War end?

What were the highlights of the war during Nixon (Ford)?
Nixon, Kissinger and U.S. Foreign Policy
Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994),
Whittier College, Duke Law School
House of Representatives, 1946-1950
US Senate, 1950-1953
Vice-President, 1953-1961
President, 1969-1974
Henry Kissinger, born 1923 (Heinz Alfred Kissinger)
PhD, Political Science, Harvard University
Faculty member at Harvard - consultant for various congressional committees in the 1950s - consultant for the NSC staff under Kennedy - consultant for moderate Republican Nelson Rockefeller 1960, 1964, 1968

National Security Advisor, 1969-1975

Secretary of State, 1973-1977
Triangulation
USA
Western Europe
Japan
USSR
China
REALPOLITIK
LINKAGE
REALISM
PARANOIA
SALT I 1972 - sufficiency over superiority

The China Card, 1971-72

Quadripartite Agreement on Berlin, 1971
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