Large-Scale Foreign Policy Change: The Nixon Doctrine As History And Portent

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Large-Scale Foreign Policy Change: The Nixon Doctrine As History And Portent

By Earl C. Ravenal
Institute of International Studies, University of California, 1990
89 pp. $8.50
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This stimulating little book illuminates the flaws of the Nixon Doctrine "Phase I" (i.e., holding rigidly to the old concept of the containment of China while raising doubts about American commitments), describes and praises the shift to a true balance-of-power policy, and demonstrates that the once-discredited "rational actor" mode of analysis remains a necessary explanatory tool.

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