from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. Southeast Asia Treaty Organization

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  • Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, in existence from 1955 to 1977.


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  • The secretary, due to leave the country soon for the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization SEATO meeting, impatiently told the president that he hoped that “there would not be White House pressure in my absence to give arms to Israel.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • When Secretary Dulles returned to Washington from the SEATO meetings, Ambassador Abba Eban sought permission to personally deliver a letter from Prime Minister Ben-Gurion to the president.

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Foster Dulles, en route to Karachi, Pakistan, for the SEATO meeting, was apparently troubled by his confrontation with the president over arms to Israel.

    Eisenhower 1956

  • If this is China's Mao Doctrine, then the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, needs its NATO or "SEATO".

    Stanley Weiss: The Mao Doctrine

  • Sid Fox who was my mentor in Vietnam from Nov 1973 thru April 1975 - our unit was TAD to USMAG/SEATO operating out of

    Heroes or Villains?

  • The Monroe Doctrine since the 19th century offers ample evidence, and then add the Truman Doctrine, NATO and the now-forgotten CENTO and SEATO.

    Stanley Kutler: The March of Obama's Empire

  • Last, we have the very heavy dose of political pressure that comes from departments such as the CIA, the Department of Defense, and international military organizations such as NATO and SEATO, and from the United Nations.


  • From 1959 until 1975, North Vietnam, supported by its Communist allies in the south, battled the government and armed forces of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other members of SEATO, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.

    Spider Bones

  • The North Vietnamese were not deterred by the American commitment to South Vietnam, we lost the war, and SEATO dissolved.

    Stanley Kober: American Leadership

  • Lyndon Johnson nonetheless groaned just twelve years after the Korean armistice, shaken that London refused to dispatch even a symbolic battalion to Vietnam.43 Britain, along with France, was a member of SEATO.

    Magic and Mayhem


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