Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas D. Knight

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Hoppens

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Faubion


The administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson focused extensively on foreign affairs in East Asia related to China, Laos, and Vietnam. Examining the development of their respective perceptions proved instrumental in comprehending their approaches to the geopolitics of the region. The overall structure of this thesis includes an analysis of their tenure in Congress, a breakdown of the first-half of Kennedy’s presidency, an emphasis on the transition period between Kennedy and Johnson, an examination of Johnson’s presidency, and concluding with a detailed comparison of their foreign policy toward East Asia. Their differing perceptions to the regional geopolitics proved essential in shaping the respective legacies of their administrations.


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