foreign relations

The Republic of Vietnam was deeply implicated in the foreign relations of the Cold War era from the moment of its inception in 1954. The United States and its allies sought to bolster the non-communist leadership of the new state, whose leadership in turn actively solicited foreign aid (mostly American) to develop its economic, political and security apparatus. The MSUG archives are a rich source for studying the relationship between the RVN leadership and the non-state actors (notably the MSUG) who funneled the bulk of American non-military aid to the new state in the 1950s.

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