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dc.contributor.advisorBarma, Naazneen
dc.contributor.advisorMalley, Michael
dc.contributor.authorClements, Cole M.
dc.dateJun-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-14T16:47:39Z
dc.date.available2017-08-14T16:47:39Z
dc.date.issued2017-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/55586
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractDecreasing supplies of fresh water, growth of the global population, and the transnational nature of much of the world's water resources have made global competition over water increasingly common. In Southeast Asia, Chinese hydroelectric dams at the Lancang Cascade have enabled China to control the headwaters of the Mekong River and threaten downstream states' access to this vital resource. Cambodia and Vietnam are two Southeast Asian states whose economic prosperity is inextricably linked to undisturbed access to the Mekong. Despite similar requirements for river usage, the two states have responded to Chinese control in surprisingly different ways. This thesis investigates the different Vietnamese and Cambodian responses to China's Mekong River development by analyzing their requirements for the Mekong River and contrasting each state's relationship with China. The thesis finds that Cambodia has developed a strategy of appeasement toward China, placing its short-term interests in Chinese economic assistance ahead of its long-term requirements for riparian productivity, while Vietnam has balanced against the super power, demonstrating the resolve to protect its riparian interests. Similarly, the two states both use institutions to offset the super power's significant size and power advantages, providing them an alternative path to shape China's actions.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/downstreamonmeko1094555586
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleDownstream on the Mekong: Contrasting Cambodian and Vietnamese responses to Chinese water controlen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorChinaen_US
dc.subject.authorCambodiaen_US
dc.subject.authorVietnamen_US
dc.subject.authorMekongen_US
dc.subject.authorwater securityen_US
dc.subject.authorhydroelectric damsen_US
dc.subject.authorLancang Cascadeen_US
dc.subject.authorMekong River Commissionen_US
dc.subject.authorinstitutionsen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesis
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Marine Corpsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, The Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, The Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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