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Chapter 16: America in the 1970s

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"Henry Kissinger and Shuttle Diplomacy"

In this chapter, students learned about U.S. foreign policy under President Richard Nixon. One of Nixon's most trusted associates was his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, who played a major role in most of the foreign policy decisions of the time, including the United States 's attempt to end Arab-Israeli conflict and bring peace to the Middle East.

Lesson Description
Students will learn about presidential adviser Henry Kissinger and his role in American foreign policy under President Richard Nixon, including the U.S. role in the conflict in the Middle East.

Instructional Objectives

  1. The student will recognize Henry Kissinger's contributions to American foreign policy during the Nixon presidency.
  2. The student will identify and explain Kissinger's actions to bring about peace in the Middle East.

Student Web Activity Answers

  1. Presidents Kennedy and Johnson
  2. His secret meetings with Chou En-lai made Kissinger a national celebrity.
  3. secretly negotiating an end to the Vietnam War
  4. He helped to bring an end to the Yom Kippur War between Israel, Egypt, and Syria. He then engaged in "shuttle diplomacy" to bring a more permanent peace to the area.
  5. Students' maps should show the many countries in which Kissinger carried out diplomatic missions and explain the diplomatic advances of the period.
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