Dissertation Defenses

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Dissertation Defense for Amanda Demmer


Department Contact Email: lara.demarest@unh.edu

Defense Title: The Last Chapter of the Vietnam War: Normalization, Nongovernmental Actors and the Politics of Human Rights, 1975-1995

Defense Date and Time: 03/10/17 2:00 pm

Defense Location: Horton 422

Defense Advisor: Professor Kurk Dorsey

Defense Abstract: This dissertation dispels two myths about the Vietnam War. The first is that U.S. involvement in Indochina ended abruptly in April 1975 and the second is that the only exception to complete disengagement was the effort to secure a “full accounting” of missing American servicemen. My project demonstrates that the United States remained actively involved in Vietnam and Southeast Asia as a whole, in large part to address refugee issues. I am particularly interested in the policymaking process and my project is the first to examine U.S. policies regarding missing American soldiers, “boat” and “land” people, Amerasians, and reeducation camp detainees in a single study and to place these issues in the context of U.S.-Vietnamese diplomacy. By shifting our focus to the postwar period and to refuge issues, I challenge the way we understand the Vietnam War and warfare itself.


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