COLD WAR: The Trouble with Coalitions

With what enthusiasm it could muster up, the U.S. last week announced that eight nations had agreed to get together in the Philippine summer capital of Baguio on Sept. 6. Subject: a Southeast Asia alliance.

The call for volunteers had met with little success: only Pakistan and Thailand, of all the non-Communist nations on the Asian continent, agreed to come, and Pakistan had made it clear that it would merely be looking, not necessarily buying. (The other six participants: the U.S., Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.)

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