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Changing WorldsVietnam’s Transition from Cold War to Globalization$
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David W.P. Elliott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383348.001.0001

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Wary Reconciliation (1992–1995)

Wary Reconciliation (1992–1995)

(p.125) 5 Wary Reconciliation (1992–1995)
Changing Worlds

David W. P. Elliott

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Despite political backlash from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vietnam cautiously proceeded along a path of normalization with ASEAN and the United States. Vietnam's entry into ASEAN was a major break with past thinking and a critical step toward full integration in the global system. In retrospect this was the period when Vietnam went so far along the path of full integration that it couldn't pull back, even when reverse currents set in. Was the progress toward integration driven by compelling events, the persuasiveness of “new thinking”? Where did it come from and what influence did it have? Emerging new interest groups, weakening of conservatives and erosion of resistance to reform, realpolitik (need to find an alternative to isolation to counterbalance China), generational change, drift and going with the flow? Or a combination of the above. These questions are pursued throughout the remainder of the book.

Keywords:   new thinking, ASEAN, interdependence, reconciliation, adversarial economies, trajectory of development, multipolar world, sufficiency, isolation, closed door, ideological complexion

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