Louis T. Gentilucci '15, Gettysburg College
Student Research Paper
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NATO as an alliance has stood the test of time since the early post-war years. Yet similar alliances such as SEATO passed into history long ago. The problem with the NATO model of alliance was its inability to be applied to the Third World. The particular circumstances of Southeast Asia prevented SEATO from becoming a true successor to the NATO alliance system. In addition, the approach of Eisenhower and his administration to Southeast Asia and anti-communist alliances was undermined by their own political needs and personal experiences. Southeast Asia was fit into the mold of the post-war period and the Cold War.
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Gentilucci, Louis T., "SEATO Stumbles: The Failure of the NATO Model in the Third World" (2015). Student Publications. 319.
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