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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964–1968, Volume II, Vietnam, January–June 1965

Editors:
David C. Humphrey
Ronald D. Landa
Louis J. Smith
General Editor:
Glenn W. LaFantasie

United States Government Printing Office
Washington
1996

Department of State
Office of the Historian
Bureau of Public Affairs



Overview

The editors developed the following six areas of focus for research and the selection of documents for inclusion in this volume: 1) formulation of policy in Washington, with particular emphasis on the series of decisions that led to the commitment of major ground forces to Vietnam; 2) the advisory process, including recommendations from key advisers in Washington, intelligence assessments of the situation in Vietnam, and reporting and advice from U.S. officials in Saigon; 3) efforts to negotiate a settlement to the Vietnam conflict, and other key diplomatic contacts; 4) military planning and strategy; 5) the relationship between the United States Government and the South Vietnamese Government, including the issue of political instability in South Vietnam; and 6) the implementation of policy in South Vietnam.