domino theory


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domino theory

n.
A theory that one event will set off a train of similar events, especially:
a. The theory, widely espoused during the Cold War, that if one nation comes under Communist control, then nearby nations will also come under Communist control.
b. Any of various theories predicting that a sweeping political change in one nation will cause similar changes in nearby nations.

domino theory

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) politics US a foreign policy theory speculating that if one land in a region comes under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries will follow in a domino effect

dom′ino the`ory


n.
1. a theory that if one country is taken over by communism, its neighbors will be taken over one after another.
2. a theory that a particular event will precipitate similar ones elsewhere. Also called dom′ino effect`, dom′ino reac`tion.
[1960–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.domino theory - the political theory that if one nation comes under communist control then neighboring nations will also come under communist control
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
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domino theory

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During the Cold War, the 'domino theory' held that if one country fell under the influence of communism, the surrounding countries would soon follow.
These theories are Frustration Aggression Theory and Relative Deprivation Theory at the individual level while the Domino Theory and Clash of Civilizations Theory best explains the political scenario of the Middle East.
Going into Afghanistan, the USA should have realised that a war theatre where several nations have come and buried themselves wouldn't bear any new results for itself.Understanding the paranoia that made the USA go ahead with the invasion, if we go by the same Domino Theory that was used during Cold War for the spread of Communism and apply it to the entire Middle East, we'd realise that what the US-led coalition has tried to do is to use the same effect in its own favour.
To begin with, the Vietnam War was meant to defeat 'communism', which according to president Eisenhower's 'Domino Theory', was going to engulf the whole of Southeast Asia if Vietnam was to fall when the real goal was to regain control over the French colonial estate of Indochina that was slipping away like all other colonies after WWII.
Now that an era of great power competition is back, it is time to take another look at the Domino Theory, the Cold War-era belief that the communist nations were seeking to knock off other nations one by one.
Some call the rapidly multiplying wars we are needlessly engaged in today "unending wars." I like to call them "hypothetical wars," because they are based not on immediate threats to America, but on adventuresome hypotheses about something that MIGHT happen if we do not act; witness the old "domino theory" and Vietnam.
Now, mercifully, the "domino theory" is dead (or at least dormant) and the arrival of Communists in power in Nepal through entirely legal and democratic means is causing no panic whatever.
Perhaps, Kennedy would have left Vietnam sooner, but it was the height of the Cold War and the Communist domino theory meant America had to try and stop Communist expansion.
The Cold War in general, and the Indochina War in particular, justified by the ominous domino theory, reinforced this general approach.
Johnson believed in Eisenhower's domino theory in the Far East and actively consulted with him on Vietnam.
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