Some Aspects of the ''Value'' of Southeast Asia to the United States

by Charles Wolf, Jr.

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A study of the value of Southeast Asia to the United States, which is also considered in certain extreme contingencies over a period that is short-term in a historical sense, though somewhat longer from the standpoint of economics. Several distinctions are made (1) between the direct and indirect value of a country to the United States, (2) between the value to the United States and the value to the Soviet Union or to Communist China, (3) between the value of a particular country in connection with local wars and its value in various central war contingencies, and (4) between the values that can be quantified and those which can only be qualified. In these terms, the author discusses the military, economic, political, psychological, and ideological aspects of the value of less-developed countries to the United States.

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