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Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America's Secret Strategy in Southeast Asia

Eugene Ford


How did the U.S. government make use of a “Buddhist policy” in Southeast Asia during the Cold War despite the American principle that the state should not meddle with religion? To answer this question, this book's author delved deep into an unprecedented range of U.S. and Thai sources and conducted numerous oral history interviews with key informants. The author uncovers a riveting story filled with U.S. national security officials, diplomats, and scholars seeking to understand and build relationships within the Buddhist monasteries of Southeast Asia. This fascinating narrative provides a new ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, anticommunism, Cold War, U.S. government, Southeast Asia, religion, U.S. national security, Buddhist leadership, Thailand, communist revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300218565
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300218565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugene Ford, author
Yale University