TITLE

U.S.-VIETNAM RELATIONS AND THE SECURITY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

AUTHOR(S)
Weinstein, Franklin B.
PUB. DATE
July 1978
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul1978, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p842
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents an opinion on the relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam and the security of Southeast Asia. One of the features of the emerging Asian security system is an emphasis on economic and diplomatic relationships with adversary nations as instruments for helping to maintain security. The development of Sino-U.S. detente and the end of the Vietnam War have increased the scope for such relationships. Indeed, it is not difficult to imagine the emergence in Southeast Asia of what may be termed a multi-alignment system--a diversity of cross-cutting relationships linking communist and non-communist nations on different issues. The advantage of such a system is that conflict, when it arises, will be fragmented along lines; the danger of the kind of polarization that can lead to hostilities is reduced. Another advantage of a multi-alignment system is that it would tend to lessen dependence on the U.S. without resulting in dependence on any other single power. It offers the non-communist nations of Asia a possibility of working out an accommodation of interests with their communist neighbors without merely moving out of one orbit and into another. And the process of diversifying alignments is itself likely to strengthen the multipolarity of the system and to generate opportunities for alternative relationships.
ACCESSION #
4852031

 

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