Vietcong Insurgency: Why was it Successful?


  • Imran Khan Area Study Center, Peshawar University


Vietcong, the Atlantic Charter, Self-determination, Communism, Nationalist.


The paper investigates into Vietcong's successful resistance against French and American forces in light of the Vietnamese dreams of self-determination fostered due to the suppression of external powers. The Atlantic Charter and the termination of WWII were taken as an end to centuries-long humiliation but the decline of French withdrawal once again took away the realization of self-determination.   The American military involvement following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu repulsed pro-American feelings in Hu chin Min. The article discusses how American misunderstanding of Vietnam, not only channelized anti-imperial sentiments toward America but also pushed nationalist Vietnamese into the communist bloc.  The article elaborates on the role of Vietnam's history of deprivation and grouping up of variegated ideologies- anti-imperial, Nationalist, communism- against the American occupation of Vietnam. 



How to Cite

Khan, I. (2022). Vietcong Insurgency: Why was it Successful?. Journal of Global Peace and Security Studies (JGPSS), 3(1). Retrieved from