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Détente and the Nixon Doctrine


  • Page extent: 244 pages
  • Size: 216 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 0.32 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521338349 | ISBN-10: 0521338344)

Although many volumes have been written on the Nixon–Kissinger foreign policy, this book provides the first sustained treatment of the Nixon Doctrine. Enunciated by President Nixon in July 1969, the Nixon Doctrine established the basis not only for the subsequent American withdrawal from Vietnam, but also, more broadly, for US security policy towards the Third World. Along with US–Soviet detente, it stood as one of the two central elements of the Nixon–Kissinger diplomatic strategy.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. America as the night-watchman state, 1947–1968; 2. Charting the Nixon-Kissinger strategy; 3. The Nixon-Kissinger strategy: 1. Defining the 'limited adversary relationship', 1969–1973; 4. The Nixon-Kissinger strategy: 2. The limits of politico-military retrenchment; 5. The Nixon-Kissinger strategy: 3. Detente and the dilemmas of strategic management, 1973–1976; Conclusion; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index.


'Detente and the Nixon Doctrine is an important contribution to the historiography of American foreign policy during the Nixon and Ford administrations.' American Political Science Review

'In his relatively short yet detailed book, Robert S. Litwak describes and analyses the Nixon Doctrine as applied in Vietnam as well as in other regions of interest to the United States … This is an excellent book.' The Journal of American History

'It is an interesting book, full of solid and thoughtful argument, well presented.' Survival

'Cast in a fine historical context, Litwak's interpretation is fresh and challenging.' America

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