An American in Hanoi: America's Reconciliation with Vietnam

An American in Hanoi: America's Reconciliation with Vietnam


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Desaix Anderson was the first American charge d'affairs to Vietnam when diplomatic relations were reestablished in 1995 after a hiatus of almost twenty years. His role was to meet, analyse, report on, and influence the policy-level leaders of Vietnam as well as those officials responsible for executing those policies. His insights into the Vietnamese leadership and their thinking are a key feature of this book.

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ISBN-13: 9781910736739
Publisher: Camphor Press Ltd
Publication date: 08/10/2017
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

  1. Vietnam: A Country, Not a War
  2. An American in Hanoi
  3. Strategy for Building a Relationship with Vietnam
  4. National Security Advisor Lake’s Visit and Beyond
  5. The Failure of Post-1975 Marxist-Leninist Economic Policies
  6. Strategic Error: Invasion of Cambodia
  7. The Geopolitical Backdrop to the Cambodia Crisis
  8. The Leap of Faith: Economic Reform
  9. The Fruits of Reform
  10. Early U.S. Efforts at Normalization: The Road to the Road Map
  11. Doing Business in the Transitional Era: Bureaucrats, the Legal System, and Corruption
  12. “Threats”: Economic Gap, “Peaceful Evolution,” “Social Evils,” and Military
  13. Generational Perspectives: Of Revolutionaries, New Leaders—and Social Evils
  14. Contemporary Vietnam: The Voices of Youth
  15. Vietnamese Perspectives on America
  16. The Crucial Choices: Accelerated Reform or Stagnation
  17. Stakes for American Foreign Policy
  18. Epilogue

  • Appendix: Historical Perspective of Vietnam
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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