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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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Perrin said he doesn't think that Qatar's move will have a domino effect within OPEC.
"Kapag tumaas ang presyo ng gasolina o presyo ng bilihin, ang hirap nang ibaba o bumaba iyon matapos bumaba dahil nga sa domino effect na nangyayari, (Whenever the price of gas or basic commodities goes up, its so hard to bring it down precisely because of the domino effect that is bound to happen)," he said.
"The problems caused by the domino effect are often ones that firms are able to weather, albeit with a hit to future turnover and profitability, and the insolvency and restructuring profession plays a key role in helping firms keep trading with 'under the radar' advice and guidance that enables them to avoid formal insolvency procedures."
He added that these things should be well contemplated because if border change is initiated that will make a domino effect on all other countries.
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The earthquakes that have buffeted central Italy over the last two months could continue in a devastating domino effect with one large quake leading to another along the central Apennine fault system, a leading seismologist warned on Sunday.
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Meanwhile, Kern, also leader of Austria's Social Democratic (SPO) party, said he wasn't worried about a domino effect, adding that no similar referendum will follow in Austria.
Also, in more recent history, USA went to great lengths to prevent the "domino effect" of a country subsuming SE Asia so why is it not opposed to this effect in Europe.
Prof Rhys, of Cardiff University, warned of a "dangerous domino effect" on other industries if production ends at Port Talbot.