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domino theory

  A geopolitics theory adopted by United States\' governments in the 1950s to justify their policies of military and political involvement in other countries. They contended that if one country fell into the Soviet Union\'s sphere of influence its neighbours could well follow, setting up a ripple effect similar to that of a toppling line of dominoes, and this analogy (propounded by President Eisenhower in 1953) was used to justify American involvement in Southeastern Asia. It continues to influence American foreign policy, as in attitudes toward governments in Central America. (RJJ)

Suggested Reading O\'Sullivan, P. 1982: Antidomino. Political Geography Quarterly 1: 57-64.



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