Vietnam, January 1973-July 1975
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This volume is part of a subseries of the Foreign Relations of the United States that documents the most important issues in the foreign policy of Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford.
This specific volume covers U.S. policy toward Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from the signing of the Paris Peace Accords (January 1973) to the fall of Saigon and Phnom Persh (April 1975). The final chapter covers the SS Mayaguez incident (May 1975).
This volume addresses the ending of the Vietnam War; a story central to the U.S. experience in the 20th century. Similar to other Foreign Relations volumes, this collection of documents emphasizes the formation of policy over day-to-day diplomacy. Several themes dominated U.S. policy and policy objectives in Indochina during the period: the relationship between force and diplomacy, the struggle between the President and Congress in the formation and implementation of U.S. policy, U.S. credibility in the world, and the limits of American power. These themes dictated the selection of documents in this volume.
This volume concludes with documentation covering the May 1975 seizure by Cambodia of the SS Mayaguez and the successful recovery by U.S. forces of the ship and its crew. The documents cover the crisis deliberations in Washington among civilian and military officials that led to President Ford's decision to use military force to recover the ship.