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We learnt from Vietnam in the past; so why not now? Discussion Paper

Greg Mills

Director, The Brenthurst Foundation

Emily van der Merwe

Former Researcher, The Brenthurst Foundation

Book / Publication · Published 27 November 2018


Vietnam is another country from the time of its liberation nearly 44 years ago, the startling effects of 30 years of growth since Hanoi’s adoption of a free-market economy. The ANC learnt much from the Vietnamese about a war of liberation, following a visit to Saigon in 1978.

While the lessons from Vietnam on strategic campaigning and prioritising armed propaganda over the armed struggle was immensely influential, the ANC could again today learn some constructive lessons about how to reform an economy.



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