According to Herring, “Nixon and Kissinger deserve full credit for their important achievements…the opening of China was long overdue and inevitable, but Nixon and Kissinger seized the moment to start the process and carried it off with consummate diplomatic skill. Following the October War, Kissinger initiated a Middle East negotiating process that brought some progress toward peace, if not peace itself” (Herring, 2008).
1. Discuss the key elements of U.S. diplomacy to China and to the Middle East.
2. Was the actions taken by the U.S. successful? Why or why not?
3. What is the lasting impact of Nixon’s diplomacy?