Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO)

The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization was a military alliance created to defend Southeast Asia against communist aggression and subversion during the Cold War

Brian P. Farrell

2011

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  • The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization was a military alliance created to defend Southeast Asia against communist aggression and subversion during the Cold War
  • The treaty and the organization it produced were the direct response to the military victory won by the communistled Vietminh in their war to expel French power from Vietnam
  • The struggle to contain communism in Vietnam defined SEATO from start to finish; massive American military intervention sidelined SEATO in 1965. This led many scholars to dismiss SEATO as an abject failure. This is hasty, but it does stem from something central: the relationship between the nature of the alliance and the problems it confronted

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