Israel Finds Fruitful Defense Partnerships in Southeast Asia

Vietnamese guards of honor march in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 4, 2012 (AP photo by Na Son Nguyen).
Vietnamese guards of honor march in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 4, 2012 (AP photo by Na Son Nguyen).

Earlier this month, the director general of Israel’s Defense Ministry was in Hanoi to discuss boosting defense ties with the Vietnamese defense minister. In an email interview, Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, a doctoral researcher at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, discussed Israel’s defense relationships in Southeast Asia. WPR: How established are Israel-Vietnam defense ties, and what initiatives are planned or underway to expand them? Alvite Singh Ningthoujam: Defense ties between Israel and Vietnam have been growing significantly, particularly since then-Israeli President Shimon Peres’ visit in November 2011. Given Vietnam’s large army and its obsolete Soviet-era […]

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