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S. military intervention in Vietnam. S. position in Indochina collapsed in the 1970s, SEATO disappeared without much fanfare. S. security strategy in East Asia. S. officials “drew lines” and defended them. They sought to defend South Korea from North Korea, and South Vietnam from North Vietnam. They sought to defend Japan from Soviet or Chinese attack, and to protect Taiwan from any effort by the mainland communists to absorb it into their system. S. officials engaged 34 ● Michael Mastanduno closely in the domestic politics of these bilateral security partners.

Foreign policy. These events prompted the United States to initiate a global war on terrorism and to refocus foreign policy around the concerns of homeland security. S. officials perceived as a pressing threat the combination of rogue states, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. They proved willing to accept increased risks in order to meet that perceived threat. S. officials approached military interventions cautiously, seeking to minimize both financial commitments and casualties. In contrast, the Bush administration intervened boldly in both Afghanistan and Iraq, accepting in the latter case the highest costs since Vietnam in both financial and human terms in order to depose a dictatorial regime and impose a nascent democracy.

International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003), pp. 107–162. For a discussion of legitimacy in international relations, see Ian Clark, Legitimacy in International Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). See Nayef H. Samhat, “International Regimes as Political Community,” Millennium, Vol. 26, No. 2 (June 1997): 349–378. For a discussion of the ways the United States has used international institutions, see Rosemary Foot, S. S. Hegemony and International Organizations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

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