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Pactomania was a period of treaty making by the United States during the early Cold War.[1] During the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the United States, mainly through the efforts of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, formed alliances with 42 separate nations along with treaty relations with nearly 100,[2] which observers described as "pactomania."[3] These pacts sometimes permitted military interventions pursuant to the provisions for collective self-defense in Article 51 of Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.

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  1. ^ Rajan Menon, "The End of Alliances", World Policy Journal 20(2): 1-20 (Summer 2003). Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Cornelia Navari, Internationalism and the State in the Twentieth Century. Routledge, 2000. ISBN 978-0-415-09747-5. p. 316.
  3. ^ Walter C. Clemens, Jr. America and the World, 1898-2025: Achievements, Failures, Alternative Futures. Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. ISBN 978-0-312-22878-1. p. 134.