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dc.contributor.advisorCallahan, Mary P.
dc.contributor.authorButterfield, Andrew A.
dc.dateDecember 1996
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-09T19:24:38Z
dc.date.available2012-08-09T19:24:38Z
dc.date.issued1996-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/9145
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.en_US
dc.description.abstractDespite inferior strength, Vietnam clings to extensive claims in the South China Sea in conflict with China's claims. Through use of the concept of 'strategic culture,' this thesis investigates the factors, including perceived historical lessons, that drive Vietnam to maintain this strategic posture. The most relevant lessons are that (1) China perpetually desires and frequently attempts to dominate Vietnam, and that resistance historically has served Vietnam better than appeasement; and (2) Vietnam has the inherent ability to attract foreign benefactors that will help her balance against Chinese power and achieve her own goals. The author explores how these lessons have shaped a modern-day Vietnamese strategic culture and whether it is suited to the strategic realities that Vietnam currently faces. A conclusion is that Vietnam's current strategic culture is likely to continue either until it is shown to be inadequate in conflict with China over control of the South China Sea, or until Vietnam succeeds in attracting a new benefactor or protector.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://www.archive.org/details/vietnamesestrate00butt
dc.format.extentxiv, 93 p.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
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.titleVietnamese strategic culture and the coming struggle for the South China Seaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBuss, Claude A.
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorVietnamen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategic cultureen_US
dc.subject.authorSouth China Seaen_US
dc.subject.authorChinaen_US
dc.subject.authorSpratly Islandsen_US
dc.subject.authorSino-Vietnamese relationsen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A. in National Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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