The Carter Administration, Human Rights and the Agony of Cambodia

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The first specialized case study of the Carter administration's response to the tragic developments in Cambodia. Examines the complex interplay of factors that shaped American policy, including the inability to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions on the regime in Phnom Penh, a distaste felt by the American people for immersion into another Indochina "quagmire", and the administration's desire to move forward in its quest for normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China, which was the chief patron of the Khmer Rouge.


"Professor Neuringer tells this rather sorry tale well. . . . he has mined thoroughly the available published government documents, memoirs, and scholarly studies. . . . Pending the opening of the full documentary record, Neuringer's study seems likely to stand as the definitive account of this episode in Carter-era diplomacy. It will provide a solid starting point for subsequent researchers in the field." - Graham A. Cosmas (U.S. Army Center of Military History)

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