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A Political Assessment of the Parties and Mechanisms Involved in the South China Sea Dispute

The Politics of South China Sea Disputes by Nehginpao Kipgen, London and New York: Taylor and Francis Group, Routledge, 2020; pp 148, ₹ 695.

Vietnam's Experience with Hybrid Rice

Vietnam is the only country in the humid tropics in Asia where the rate of hybrid rice adoption has been growing. What are the distinct factors responsible for this unique development in hybrid rice R and D in Vietnam - which has similar agro ecological, political, socio-economic and institutional features as China? Would hybrid rice adoption be sustained in the long run in Vietnam? This paper reviews the development of hybrid rice in the country in the context of the development of the overall rice economy. It reports the findings of a sample farm household survey on the profitability of cultivating hybrid rice over the inbred high-yielding varieties.

A Vietnam Diary

America has not disappeared from the Vietnamese memory screen. There are two Americas in Vietnam. One, an America which they vanquished and the other an America which is a possible new ally, at least a friendly power which might make a useful contribution to the economic reconstruction in Vietnam.

Afghanistan and the Vietnam Syndrome

Despite public support to root out the al Qaida network and depose the Taliban, the Bush administration will be mistaken if it believes that the Vietnam syndrome - a public aversion to unnecessary foreign adventures - is obsolete. The degree of domestic dissent will depend on how carefully the US conducts its Afghan operations.

Vietnam: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

After several decades of war and economic and social dislocation, Vietnam began to gradually return to normalcy in the mid-1980s by adopting a series of economic and institutional reforms. Because of the 'stop-start' character of the reform process, the Communist Party of Vietnam is facing significant challenges in the process of transition. The Ninth National Party Congress, held in April 2001, produced as much chaos as cohesion. The dilemma of Vietnam's political leadership is obvious and at least until it is able to make the right choice in the areas of economy and governance, the party will continue to play an influential role in state affairs.
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