Suzerainty or Empire: U.S. Military Intervention in the Indian Ocean, 1963-1970

Presented by Chris Lee

Monday, 7 October, 2013 - 15:00

This  paper  consists  of  two  parts:  first,  a  historical  summary  of  a broader  project  being  pursued;  second,  a  specific  thread  of   involving  the development  of  the   Indian  Ocean  Task  Force  (IOTF)  during  the  early 1960s  by  the  US  State  and  Defence  Departments.  While  specific arguments  will  be  made  during  the  presentation,  a  general  intention  of  this paper  is  to  assert  the  role   of  US  foreign  and  military  policies  in compromising  the  Third  World  “project”  in  the  decade  following  the 1955 Asian­African   Conference  in  Bandung,  Indonesia.  Understanding  this history—and  the  role  Afro­Asian  leaders  had  in  enabling  this  long­term American  intervention—provides  a  critical  means  addressing  the  role  of American  “empire”  in  the  Indian  Ocean  region,  in  addition  to  complicating more  simplistic  histories  of  the  Third  World/Global  South  that  largely  rest on a refurbished colonial Manichaeism.

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