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This series highlights research on historical and related matters in Singapore and the region, creating an appreciation of the role of humanities and social sciences research in contemporary society.
China, the United States and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
This talk will examine how the emerging Sino-American rapprochement shaped Washington and Beijing’s response toward the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. It will focus, in particular, on the Nixon administration’s high-priority initiative aimed at a rapprochement with China, Pakistan’s status as a crucial intermediary in that initiative, and the resultant U.S. “tilt” toward Pakistan during its conflict with India.
Thursday, 27 June 2019
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building
Emeritus Professor Robert J. McMahon is the author of several books, including Colonialism and Cold War, Cold War on the Periphery: The United States, India, and Pakistan, and The Limits of Empire: The United States and Southeast Asia Since World War II. In 2001, he served as the president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Dr Ngoei Wen-Qing is an assistant professor of history at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University, where he specialised in 20th-century U.S. foreign relations. He joined NTU after postdoctoral stints at Northwestern and Yale universities.