The Geneva Agreements of 1954 and American Policy in Vietnam

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international relations, United States, Vietnam, Geneva Agreements, foreign policy, diplomacy


Asian History | Diplomatic History | International and Area Studies | International Relations | Political Science | United States History


In recent months there has been a general call among both pro- and anti-Administration individuals for a return to the "essentials of the Geneva Agreements of 1954" as a basis for solving the present conflict in South Vietnam. These Agreements have been subject to varying interpretations and the usual effect of calling for a return tot hem as a basis for present settlement is one of ambiguity. It is the purpose of this paper to examine the overall factors playing such a crucial role in our foreign policy in mid-1954 and those affecting our attitude toward fuller participation in the Far Eastern Conference held in Geneva from April 26 to July 21, 1954.

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