Exploring Challenges to Human Security in the Vietnamese Context
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
The paper explores the multifaceted challenges to human security in Vietnam. It takes into account the fact that Vietnam had to endure major armed conflicts in the 20th century. The paper highlights one of the neglected human security tragedies in Vietnam namely the mass-exodus of ethnic Chinese in the late 1970s and its enduring legacy. It also addresses other more generally acknowledged challenges such as the continued impact of past-militarised conflicts in particular the effects of the extensive use of Agent Orange by the United States of America during the so-called Vietnam War. The paper also looks at the new challenges to human security that have emerged in Vietnam following the end of regional conflicts, the end of isolation by leading western powers and the deepening of renovation and reform, i.e. the period since the early 1990s. The challenges include growing income gap and disparity between different segment of the population and uneven economic development between different regions.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-76860DiVA: diva2:527622
Paper prepared for the International Workshop on “East Asian Human Security and Post-Conflict Development in Comparative Perspective”, Organised by the Graduate School of International Studies and the Institute for Development and Human Security, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, 18 May 2012.