Le Hong Hiep

Dr Le Hong Hiep
Senior Fellow
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Research Interest
Vietnam Studies

Researcher’s Profile

Dr Le Hong Hiep is a Senior Fellow at the Vietnam Studies Programme and the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He is also an editor of the institute’s flagship journal Contemporary Southeast Asia.

Hiep holds a BA from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, a MA in International Relations and a Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University. In 2015, Hiep earned his PhD in Political and International Studies from the University of New South Wales, funded by the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award.

Before joining ISEAS, Hiep worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and taught at the Faculty of International Relations, Vietnam National University-HCMC.


Current Research

  • Vietnam’s political and economic transformations under Doi Moi
  • Vietnam’s foreign policy towards the major powers
  • Vietnam’s international economic integration: Challenges and implications in the age of de-globalization
  • Vietnam’s outward FDI: Trends and implications


Selected Publications



  • Vietnam’s Foreign Policy under Doi Moi (co-edited with A. Tsvetov), ISEAS Publishing, 2018.
  • Living next to the Giant: The Political Economy of Vietnam’s Relations with China under Doi Moi, ISEAS Publishing, 2016.



  • Previewing Vietnam’s Leadership Transition in 2021, ISEAS Perspective 2020 (41)
  • The Vietnam-US security partnership and the rules-based international order in the age of Trump, Trends in Southeast Asia 2020 (1)
  • The Political Economy of Social Media in Vietnam, ISEAS Perspective 2019 (77).
  • The Impact of Vietnam’s Anti-corruption Campaign on the Real Estate Sector, ISEAS Perspective 2019 (46).
  • Vietnam’s Position on the South China Sea Code of Conduct, ISEAS Perspective 2019 (22).
  • Vietnam’s Industrialization Ambitions: The Case of Vingroup and the Automotive Industry, Trends in Southeast Asia, 2019 (1).
  • America’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy: A Vietnamese Perspective, ISEAS Perspective 2018 (43).
  • The Belt and Road Initiative in Vietnam: Challenges and Prospects, ISEAS Perspective 2018 (18).
  • Pull and Push: Sino-Vietnamese Relations and President Xi’s Hanoi Visit, ISEAS Perspective 2017 (92).
  • Making Deals: President Trump’s Visit to Vietnam, ISEAS Perspective 2017 (86).
  • Vietnam’s New Wave of SOE Equitization: Drivers and Implications, ISEAS Perspective 2017 (57).
  • The Strategic Significance of Vietnam-Japan Ties, ISEAS Perspective 2017 (23).
  • Reviewing Vietnam’s Economic Reforms since the CPV’s Twelfth Congress, ISEAS Perspective 2017 (2).
  • Can ASEAN Overcome the ‘Consensus Dilemma’ over the South China Sea?, ISEAS Perspective 2016 (58).
  • Growing Fiscal Deficit Presents a Major Risk for Vietnam, ISEAS Perspective 2016 (40).
  • Vietnam’s Pursuit of Alliance Politics in the South China Sea, in Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters: Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea, edited by Enrico Fels & Truong-Minh Vu (Springer, 2016), pp. 271-288.
  • Vietnam in 2015: Challenges Persist amidst Hope for Change, Southeast Asian Affairs 2016, 363-378.
  • Obama’s visit to Vietnam Gave many Important Immediate and Long-term Outcomes, ISEAS Perspective 2016 (29).
  • The TPP’s Impact on Vietnam: A Preliminary Assessment, ISEAS Perspective 2015 (63).
  • The Vietnam-US-China Triangle: New Dynamics and Implications, ISEAS Perspective 2015 (45).
  • Navigating the Crisis: The VCP’s Efforts to Restructure the Economy and Fight Corruption, Southeast Asian Affairs 2013, pp. 348-365.
  • Vietnam’s Domestic-Foreign Policy Nexus: Doi Moi, Foreign Policy Reform, and Sino-Vietnamese Normalization, Asian Politics & Policy 5 (3), 387–406.
  • Vietnam’s hedging strategy against China since normalization, Contemporary Southeast Asia 35 (3), 333-368.
  • Performance-based Legitimacy: The Case of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Doi Moi, Contemporary Southeast Asia 34 (2), 145-72.
  • Vietnam’s Strategic Trajectory: From Internal Development to External Engagement, Strategic Insights 59, 2012.