domino theory


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domino theory,

the notion that if one country becomes Communist, other nations in the region will probably follow, like dominoes falling in a line. The analogy, first applied (1954) to Southeast Asia by President Dwight Eisenhower, was adopted in the 1960s by supporters of the U.S. role in the Vietnam WarVietnam War,
conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. The war began soon after the Geneva Conference provisionally divided (1954) Vietnam at 17° N lat.
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. The theory was revived in the 1980s to characterize the threat perceived from leftist unrest in Central America.
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Whether or not you believe in the domino theory as it affects foreign policy or national security, the theory applies in our practice of taking discovery depositions.
Another time, I saw the domino theory lead several attorneys to reject a case that ultimately was settled for a significant amount.
We see in the Vietnam conflict, how the domino theory related to internationalist perceptions and how a nationalist perception led to thoughts of the Titoist option.
The references to the domino theory were used in both Korea and Vietnam, but were even more numerous when it came to Vietnam.
He demonstrates that Washington's most important allies neither embraced escalation nor subscribed to the domino theory.
Alsop may have been stretching the truth - something he apparently was not above doing - but there's no disputing that, as one of the most influential columnists of his day, he did much to popularize the domino theory as part of his uncompromising worldview.
The basis on which this democratic domino theory rests has never been explicated.
We suffer from domino theory and weak links in chains.
It was called the Domino Theory and proved as flawed in its logic as did the supposition that the Cold War would continue indefinitely.
While he believed in the domino theory, which held that the loss of one country to the communists would lead to other nations falling like dominoes, and while he feared being tagged as the man who lost Vietnam, he saw the war as unwinnable and planned to extract United States forces in 1965.
Liberals tend to take a defensive posture when a poverty program comes under attack, assuming the domino theory holds for social programs.
This amounts to a repudiation of the domino theory.