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Secrecy in US Foreign Policy

Nixon, Kissinger and the Rapprochement with China, 1st Edition

By Yukinori Komine


300 pages

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Secrecy in US Foreign Policy examines the pursuit of strict secrecy by President Nixon and his National Security Advisor Kissinger in foreign policy decision making in relation to the US rapprochement with China. Moreover it sheds new light on the complexity and dynamism of the evolution of China initiatives and demonstrates the many policy options and perspectives among US officials. Dr Komine focuses on three major elements of the rapprochement: "


'China remains an enticing subject for the study of U.S. foreign relations since 1945. This book examines, in detail, the causes, the processes, and the consequences of the Sino-US rapprochement in the 1970s for their subsequent bilateral relationship in Asia. It is a stimulating account of high politics, and a significant contribution to our knowledge of the subject.' Saki R. Dockrill, King’s College London, UK '…an illuminating account of the personalities, politics, and policy deliberations behind the historic change of U.S.-China policy…diligently pursued oral histories, declassified documents, and interviews with participants in the White House and the State Department, lay bare the bureaucratic obstacles overcome by both Nixon and Kissinger through secret activity at home as well as abroad.' Allen S Whiting, University of Arizona, USA 'This thoroughly researched, well-documented study of Nixon's opening to China in the early 1970s offers a number of new insights…Komine smoothly integrates the impact of unexpected events usch as border fighting between China and the Soviet Union as well as the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Thus, the principal value of the work is its carefully organized presentation of every key step in the development of this new relationship. Recommended.' Choice '… well written and grounded in archival research. Scholars both of Sino-American relations and of policymaking studies will learn from [this book].' Journal of Cold War Studies

About the Author

Dr Yukinori Komine is an Associate in Research at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

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