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POLSC322: Asia-Pacific Politics

Unit 10: Politics and Government in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, 1975-Present   In this unit, you will examine the politics and government in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos since the U.S. military departed Saigon in 1975.  In Vietnam, the previously divided country was reunited under communist rule. As the Cold War ended and both China and Russia undertook capitalist reforms within their own nations, Vietnam was largely left to its own devices by these communist Superpowers. In the past decade, Vietnam has normalized relations with the West and improved its economy through increased industrial output. 
           
Cambodia suffered tremendously following the U.S. withdrawal from the region.  Following a civil war from 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge seized power and killed over two million Cambodians after they came to power. In 1985, the country established a constitutional monarchy, with a King as figurative Head of State, and a Prime Minister who runs to country, similar to what we see in the United Kingdom. Since then, the country has been seeking economic recovery through increased agricultural production and tourism.

           
Communist revolutionaries seized control of Laos in 1975, and have remained in power since that time. In recent years, Laos has developed its mining, timber, and hydroelectric industries. Laos has long-standing territorial and border disputes with Thailand.

Unit 10 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 10 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 10.1: 4 hours

☐    Subunit 10.2: 4 hours

☐    Subunit 10.3: 2 hours

Unit10 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the political systems of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos since 1945.
  • Discuss major domestic political movements in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos since 1945.
  • Identify contemporary political, foreign relations, and trade issues in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
  • Assess the manner in which the history and culture of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos impacts current political strategies.

10.1 Politics and Government in Vietnam, 1975-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Vietnam Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Vietnam (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses Vietnam’s modern political system, economy, and current issues it faces.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Vietnam Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Vietnam (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
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  • Reading: University of Hawaii: Dr. R.J. Rummel’s “Statistics of Vietnamese Democide: Estimates, Calculations, and Sources” Link: University of Hawaii: Dr. R.J.  Rummel’s “Statistics of Vietnamese Democide: Estimates, Calculations, and Sources” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article.
     
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  • Reading: East Asia Forum: Ernest Bower’s “The Quiet Hanoian of Vietnamese Politics” Link: East Asia Forum: Ernest Bower’s “The Quiet Hanoian of Vietnamese Politics” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article. 
     
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  • Web Media: Maythywin: “Biography of Ho Chi Minh” Link: Maythywin: “Biography of Ho Chi Minh” (YouTube)

    Instructions: Please watch the entire video (44:14).

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  • Reading: DTIC Online: Tenise Pettigrew’s “The Changing Role of Vietnam in Southeast Asia: Beyond the Cold War” Link: DTIC Online: Tenise Pettigrew’s “The Changing Role of Vietnam in Southeast Asia: Beyond the Cold War” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page  to download and read the article.
     
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10.2 Politics and Government in Cambodia, 1975-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Cambodia Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Cambodia (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses Cambodia’s modern political system, economy, and current issues it faces.
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Cambodia Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Cambodia (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Reading: University of Hawaii: Dr. R.J. Rummel’s “Statistics of Cambodian Democide: Estimates, Calculations, and Sources” Link: University of Hawaii: Dr. R.J.  Rummel’s “Statistics of Cambodian Democide: Estimates, Calculations, and Sources” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article.
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: csreng: Return to the Killing Fields: Parts 1-5 Link: YouTube: csreng: Return to the Killing Fields, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5
     
    Note: All video files are in YouTube.
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked pages and view the videos (5-10 minutes each).
     
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10.3 Politics and Government in Laos, 1975-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Laos Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Laos (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses Laos’s modern political system, economy, and current issues it faces.
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Laos Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: Laos (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Web Media: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures: The Amazon of Asia – Laos Link: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures: The Amazon of Asia – Laos (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the video (25 minutes).
     
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