Date of Award/Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in International Studies


International Studies


The premise of this paper is that following the Second World War, it has been necessary for the United States to pursue a policy of coalition-building before intervening militarily in instances of aggression against a state outside of the Western Hemisphere. In the cases of the Korean War, the Persian Gulf War, and the current war on terrorism the US was able to successfully act against aggression because it had been given sanction to do so in the court of international public opinion. Failing to build a consensus would have resulted in a backlash against the US that would have seriously hampered its ability to resist aggression. Thus, failed unilateral interventions, such as America's involvement in Vietnam, can be better understood against the backdrop of the Korean War, the Persian Gulf War, and the war on terrorism.

Files over 3MB may be slow to open. For best results, right-click and select "save as..."