The domestic politics of the Republic of Vietnam, which lasted from 1955 to 1975, puzzled Western observers. The American-backed regime claimed to be democratic, but in actuality was an authoritarian regime plagued by factionalism. In this talk hosted by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University, Nu-Anh Tran argues that Vietnamese politicians genuinely favored democracy but disagreed on the degree of democracy that was suitable given the communist threat.
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Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University