Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ambiguity in Theory and Neutrality in Practice: The Allied Intervention and the American Expeditionary Force in Siberia
by Wonnacott, Collin James, M.A., The George Washington University, 2017, 62; 10621705
Abstract (Summary)

The American Expeditionary Force, sent to Siberia in 1918, conducted operations other than war. The rationale for sending the American Expeditionary Force to Siberia was vague, but Wilson’s instructions were to be as neutral as possible. The AEF’s objectives were relatively ambiguous and therefore the chances for success were minimal. Nevertheless, the AEF proved to be surprisingly adept at the diplomacy required to maintain neutrality. The commanders of the AEF demonstrated the tact and skill necessary to prevent dangerous situations from escalating out of control. The success of the AEF offers a unique opportunity to learn what ground forces can accomplish without actively engaging in war. The overall failure of the intervention also shows the importance of detailed objectives and exit strategy prior to the start of any military operations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Atkin, Muriel
Commitee: McHale, Shawn
School: The George Washington University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Military history, Russian history
Keywords: Aef, Intervention, Siberia, Wilson
Publication Number: 10621705
ISBN: 978-0-355-19789-1
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