Posted by: Chris Kretz | July 25, 2009

In the World: The Nixon Doctrine

Friday, July 25, 1969

Speaking with members of the press in Guam, President Nixon describes what came to be known as the “Nixon Doctrine.” He spelled out the foundations for American foreign policy in the Pacific going forward.  The basic tenets of the doctrine can be seen in the excerpts printed in the New York Times the following day:

[Nixon] believed that the time had come when the United States, in its relations with all of its Asian friends, should be quite emphatic on two points: one, that we would keep our treaty commitments: our treaty commitments, for example, with Thailand under SEATO. And two, that as far as the problems of international security are concerned, as far as the problems of military defense, except for the threat of a major power involving nuclear weapons, that the United States was going to encourage and had a right to expect that this problem would be increasingly handled by, and the responsibility for it taken by, the Asian nations themselves.

“Excerpts From Unofficial Account of President Nixon’s Meeting With Reporters”
New York Times,
July 26, 1969

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