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Semester 1 2000-2001
Dr. Ian Gordon
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1968-1974: Richard Milhous Nixon
Here are some exercises and questions to think about:
As a first step identify five or six key concepts from the reading. Exchange your ideas about key concepts with other students in this module through the IVLE discussion forum, follow this link: Forum
You might find the following additional rteading helpful:
Nelson, Lars-Erik. "Washington: The Yellow Peril," New York
Review of Books, 46 (July 15, 1999): 6-10. NUS
Library Holdings. Full
text web link.
Spence, Jonathan. "Kissinger & the Emperor," New York Review of Books, 46 (March 4, 1999): 18-22. NUS Library Holdings.
Full text web link.
Judt, Tony. "Counsels on Foreign Relations," New York Review of Books, 45 (Aug 13, 1998): 54-60. NUS Library Holdings. Full text web link.
Some questions to consider:
What were Nixon and Kissinger's objectives in 1971-72?
Why was Kissinger conducting foreign policy and not the Secretary of State William Rogers?
What was the effect of 30 years of no diplomatic ties between the USA and China?
How did NSC 68 characterise China?
How was foreign policy formed during the Nixon era? Did the system of
"checks and balances" operate effectively?
What was the impact of the Vietnam War on the USA's policy in East Asia?
What was the impact of the Nixon Presidency on the institution of the Presidency?
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