Still imperial? The White House, the Vietnam syndrome and the politics of military intervention in the United States. A study of presidential deployment decisions: 1982-1995
: A study of presidential deployment decisions: 1982-1995

  • John Philip MacDonald

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    How has the Vietnam War affected America's response to international conflicts? Have American Presidents been less likely to sanction a US military response to international conflicts in the post-Vietnam era? Has their ability to deploy US forces been weakened in any way by the Vietnam experience? This study seeks answers to these questions by examining how American Presidents responded to some of the major international conflicts of the post-Vietnam era, between 1982 and 1995. It looks at how they sought to lead America's responses to these conflicts and how far they were able to enact, and publicly 'sell', their chosen deployment decisions in the face of opposition from within the American public-political arena, especially from Congress.
    Date of Award2009
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorAlan Dobson (Supervisor)


    • Vietnam Syndrome
    • United States of America (USA)
    • Foreign relations

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