Reading Guide: U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
Earlier this year, the Rising Powers Initiative launched the RPI Research Database, a specialized bibliography of books and articles on targeted subjects that reflect the RPI’s ongoing research. We will periodically issue a Reading Guide that focuses on a salient research topic or current event.
Here we examine the emerging nuclear cooperation between the United States and Vietnam, following last week’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee approval of a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement.
Critics have raised concerns that Vietnam is not required to formally renounce plans to enrich or reprocess nuclear material, possibly setting a risky precedent for future U.S. nuclear deals. Advocates have pointed to Vietnam’s growing nuclear energy sector as a source of economic potential for U.S. firms and the value of influencing Vietnam’s nuclear plans. As the deal moves ahead for debate in Congress, the Reading Guide will keep you up to date.
- Hibbs, Mark. “Nuke Deal with Vietnam Good for U.S.“ The Hill (May 12, 2014).
- Manyin, Mark E. “U.S.-Vietnam Relations in 2014: Current Issues and Implications for U.S. Policy.” Congressional Research Service R40208(June 24, 2014).
- McCornac, Dennis C. “Vietnam’s Foreign Policy Tightrope.” East Asia Forum (October 12, 2013).
- Nikitin, Mary Beth D., Mark Holt, and Mark E. Manyin. “U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress.” Congressional Research Service R43433 (June 13, 2014).
- Nuclear Energy Institute. “Nuclear Energy in Vietnam.” NEI White Paper(June 2014).
- Thayer, Carlyle A. “The U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership: What’s in a Name?“ Thayer Consultancy (July 26, 2013).
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