Cambodia, Pol Pot, and the United States: The Faustian Pact

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ABC-CLIO, 1991 - History - 163 pages
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This provocative analysis of U.S. relations with Cambodia from the 1950s to the present illuminates foreign policy issues that remain especially pertinent in the aftermath of the Cold War, as we attempt to formulate new approaches to a changed but still threatening international situation. Based on interviews with more than 100 diplomats, journalists, and scholars who have been involved with the Cambodian peace process, Michael Haas' book brings to light new information on a complex chain of events and casts doubt on official accounts of U.S. policies toward Cambodia.

Haas sorts through the tangle of misinformation, anti-communist hysteria, secret operations, and other policy miscalculations that he contends were instrumental in defeating the unaligned government of Prince Sihanouk and setting the stage for the Khmer Rouge takeover and massive slaughter in Cambodia. He examines the strategic assumptions underlying U.S. efforts to sustain the Khmer Rouge after its defeat by Vietnam in 1979, and the unraveling of that policy when the unilateral withdrawal of Vietnamese troops eliminated any reasonable justification for it. Haas attributes U.S. failures in Cambodia to a combination of the idealistic desire to remake the world in a democratic image, a belief in U.S. omnipotence, and the realpolitik tradition of using power to advance U.S. commercial and security interests whenever they seem to be threatened. Through the method of options analysis, Haas proposes a model of international relations based on self-determination and democratic principles. Urging reflection on the lessons of Cambodia as policies are developed for the 1990s, this book will be important reading for diplomats, policymakers, journalists, and academics with an interest in foreign policy analysis and conflict resolution, communism, and Southeast Asia.

 

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Contents

Sustaining the Khmer Rouge
41
Marginalizing the Khmer Rouge
75
Beyond Cambodias
117
Options Analysis
129
List of Interviewees and Related Sources
133
References
137
Index
147
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Page xv - Nothing short of a reformulation of US foreign policy assumptions can prevent future Cambodias, so the final chapter sketches a way in which the people of the United States can ask their leaders to pursue world politics in a manner consistent with the principles of the Declaration of Independence, Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, and the Charter of the United Nations.
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MICHAEL HAAS is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the author of Genocide by Proxy: Cambodian Pawn on a Superpower Chessboard (Praeger, 1991), The Asian Way to Peace, Korean Reunification and The Pacific Way: Regional Cooperation in the South Pacific (all Praeger, 1989).

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