America’s Cold War involvement with Southeast Asia is often viewed through the prism of the Vietnam War. While few would deny the importance of this conflict, many other far less known and far more successful interactions occurred between American and Southeast Asian military establishments. Washington’s anti-communist policies resulted in far more powerful Southeast Asian militaries with few commitments to democracy and an increasing appetite for political power.
On Friday, November 13, the DeKalb Public Library and NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies held a virtual lecture that examined the course and legacies of these developments using Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines as case studies. It was presented by Mesrob Vartavarian.