Vietnam's security objectives in Mekong Basin governance

Hensengerth, Oliver (2008) Vietnam's security objectives in Mekong Basin governance. Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 3 (2). pp. 101-127. ISSN 1559-372X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/vs.2008.3.2.101

Abstract

The paper examines Vietnam's foreign policy as it translates into strategies toward subregional cooperation in the Mekong Basin. Using transboundary water cooperation as an example, the article argues that Vietnam's prime motivation in Mekong River cooperation is economic development for performance legitimacy. Environmental issues are raised, but only in relation to powerful upstream countries, while Vietnam itself poses similar challenges to less powerful downstream countries. The need for performance legitimacy thus conveys all relevance to the economically oriented Greater Mekong Subregion, while the Mekong River Commission, a basin organization with a mandate to combine economic development with environmental considerations, is sidelined.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L100 Economics
L400 Social Policy
T300 South Asian studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 11:54
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 02:16
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8126

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