Record: oai:ARNO:630730

AuteurNils Kohlen
TitelPowerplay amongst Allies - The Soviet Union and the Indochinese Conflict, 1975-1989
BegeleidersE. van Ree, A. M. Kalinovsky
FaculteitFaculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
OpleidingFGw MA - Europese studies: Oost-Europese studies - 404425
TrefwoordenCambodia Vietnam Soviet Union Third Indochina War
SamenvattingThis master thesis studies the movements of the foreign policy of the Soviet Union concerning the conflict between Cambodia and Vietnam in the period of 1975-89. The aim of this thesis is to provide the reader with an explanation about the situation in the conflict area that influenced many nations, which were entangled in this conflict. The main focus lies on the position of the Soviet Union during the progression of this conflict. This thesis also keeps track of the balance of power concerning the conflict between Cambodia and Vietnam, which mainly concerns the superpowers (Soviet Union, China, United States). According to one view, regional conflicts during the Cold War must in many cases be seen as a derivative from a conflict between the superpowers. In order not to fight directly against each other they wage proxy wars. In this sense the smaller countries function as agents to defend the interests of the superpowers. These superpowers did not want to get their hands dirty with direct wars. They rather supported smaller groups such as rebels, armies, (opposition) governments in countries to enlarge their influence. Another view holds that the position of the smaller countries is underestimated. According to this view regional conflicts have regional origins. The superpowers are sucked in rather than being initiators of the conflict. The conclusion of this thesis can be placed in the middle of the two opposing views. The Third Indochina War was an example of enforced participation of the superpowers in which the smaller countries were reasonable autonomous. During the conflict the Soviet Union was challenged by Vietnam. The question arises: was the tail wagging the dog? Or was the Soviet Union in total control of the Vietnam and their foreign policies. While the conflict progressed, it was the Soviet Union which took the upper hand and became much more powerful in comparison to the smaller ally; Vietnam. Ultimately, the Soviet Union together with the international community ended this long-lasting conflict by forcing the Vietnamese to withdraw from Cambodia.
Still, I think that there exists a gap in the quality of information about which parties were responsible for the outcome of this neglected conflict, which tacitly had a big impact on the international community.
Soort document scriptie master