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Policing the Insurgency

Policing the Insurgency

Police Administration and Internal Security in South Vietnam

Chapter:
(p.131) 4 Policing the Insurgency
Source:
Aid Under Fire
Author(s):
Jessica Elkind
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165837.003.0005

This chapter deals with American attempts to defend the fragile state in South Vietnam by enhancing its security forces.It focuses on conflicts between South Vietnamese officials and American advisers, especially police specialists from Michigan State University and the US Operations Mission, over the relationship between security and the state.The story of US assistance to South Vietnam’s law enforcement organizations reveals clearly the disastrous consequences of American and South Vietnamese policy makers’ insistence on employing military solutions for political problems.

Keywords:   Police, Internal security, Civil guard, Michigan State University group, Insurgency, National Liberation Front (NLF)

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