DeKalb library, NIU to host virtual presentation on Cold War

DeKALB – America’s Cold War involvement with Southeast Asia is often viewed through the prism of the Vietnam War. While few deny the importance of this conflict, many other lesser-known and far more successful interactions occurred between American and Southeast Asian military establishments. Washington’s anti-communist policies resulted in more powerful Southeast Asian militaries with few commitments to democracy and an appetite for political power.

This virtual lecture, hosted by the DeKalb Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, examines the course and legacies of these developments using Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines as case studies. It is presented by Mesrob Vartavarian, visiting fellow, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University.

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For information or help with registration, email Samantha at or call 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

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