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Before the year’s end, the USSR had also signaled its willingness to discuss the Cambodian situation with China, thereby removing the primary obstacle to the normalization of relations between the two countries. In anticipation of greater Sino-Soviet rapprochement, Vietnam began to reassess its own commitments in Cambodia. 21 The ﬁrst signiﬁcant regional breakthrough was to follow an agreement in July 1987 between Vietnam and Indonesia (both of whom represented their respective political blocs) to hold informal talks in two phases.
Given the nature of Track 2 diplomacy it can only take place at the lower levels of post conﬂict society: those of ex-combatants and the general population. Thus, for the former it will involve the provision of alternative economic opportunities, either in the form of training, education, civilian employment or participation in the armed forces of the newly uniﬁed state. For the latter it will involve nation-wide socio-economic development, including the generation of a vibrant civil society strong enough to challenge the hegemonic discourses of the ruling elites and thus contribute to societal reconciliation.
Thus, groups caught in a culture of aggression will, as Neo-Realists suggest, be compelled to view the material capabilities of other groups as threatening to their survival. However, groups with an intersubjective understanding of competition or cooperation will not. 86 Lastly, social structures are composed of practices. These are the repeated interactions that take place between groups that contribute to the formation of social identities. As Went explains: [The] basic idea is that identities and their corresponding interests are learned and then reinforced in response to how actors are treated by signiﬁcant Others.