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Institutions and Actions in Vietnamese Foreign Policy-making: A Research Note

ZACHARY ABUZA
Contemporary Southeast Asia
Vol. 19, No. 3 (December 1997), pp. 309-333
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25798390
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

Since the 1986 implementation of Vietnam's economic reform programme, doi moi, Vietnam's foreign policy-making process has been decentralized. As Vietnam's security was threatened throughout its post-colonial history, foreign policy was monopolized at the highest echelons of power. Although the Vietnam Communist Party remains at the apex of all policy-making, leadership transitions, a peaceful international environment, the need for consensus building, the separation of Party and State functions, the rise of technocrats, and the need for expert advice, have all contributed to the broadening of Vietnamese foreign policy-making.

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