However, in recent years, TOC has begun turning up in a public sector environment not generally mentioned in discussions of efficiency or process improvement—government departments and agencies. Several . states and at least one European country (Lithuania) have begun to integrate TOC with promising results. With its governor fully on board, the State of Utah has been championing the cause. Kristen Cox, Executive Director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, speaks internationally about the state’s success with TOC , and recently gave a featured keynote at the 2014 Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) conference in Washington, .
The domino theory was a Cold War policy that suggested a communist government in one nation would quickly lead to communist takeovers in neighboring states, each falling like a perfectly aligned row of dominos. In Southeast Asia, the . government used the now-discredited domino theory to justify its involvement in the Vietnam War and its support for a non-communist dictator in South Vietnam. In fact, the American failure to prevent a communist victory in Vietnam had much less of an impact than had been assumed by proponents of the domino theory. With the exception of Laos and Cambodia, communism failed to spread throughout Southeast Asia.