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The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. JohnsonThe United States and the World, 1963-69$
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Jonathan Colman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640133

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640133.001.0001

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(p.203) Conclusion
The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

Jonathan Colman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides a summary of the preceding chapters and considers additional issues such as the nature of the international environment in the 1960s, the impact of Vietnam on US foreign policy in other parts of the world, and how far President Johnson's foreign policy skills came to evolve. The failure to prosecute the war in Vietnam more effectively shows that Johnson's aptitude as a military commander was limited, but his general record of success in foreign and economic affairs demonstrates that his skills in the diplomatic realm were more formidable than is generally assumed. He had the acumen, in what amounted to his greatest success, to deal with the challenges to NATO in ways that left the alliance more unified in 1969 than it had been in 1963.

Keywords:   US foreign policy, Vietnam, international environment, 1960s, President Johnson, NATO

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