The Philippine Studies Project is a multi-year initiative under the Regional Political and Studies Programme (RSPS) to enhance ISEAS research on the Philippines. Running from June 2019 to September 2023, the Project receives funding support from the Philippine Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Singapore.
The Philippine Studies Project aims to support the research capabilities and coverage of Philippine studies at ISEAS through publications and events. It also offers opportunities for both established and young scholars and experts from the Philippines to share their views and perspectives on multifaceted developments in the country.
The current Manager of the Philippine Studies Project is Dr Aries Arugay. Dr Malcolm Cook managed the project until June 2021.
|Moving Muslim Mindanao Forward||Amihilda “Ämie” Sangcopan||13 February 2020|
|Building Back Better: Philippines’ Pandemic Recovery||Ronald U. Mendoza||30 June 2020|
|Philippines and the Climate Crisis||Loren Legarda||12 July 2021|
|The Philippines-US Alliance after Duterte: Strategic Agenda and Directions||Charmaine Willoughby|
Julio S. Amador III
Gregory B. Poling
|25 March 2022|
|Polarised and Mobilised? Examining 2022 Electoral Campaigns in the Philippines||Jean Encinas-Franco|
|20 April 2022|
|Unpacking Pro-Russian Narratives in Southeast Asia||Munira Mustaffa|
Hoang Thi Ha
|22 April 2022|
|The New ‘New Society’? Analysing the 2022 Philippine Elections||Ronald Holmes|
Maria Ela Atienza
|27 May 2022|
|Torn Between Two Powers: The Philippines in the US-China Rivalry||Aries A. Arugay||28 November 2022|
|The Philippine Economy amid Disruptive Transitions||Jan Carlo Punongbayan|
Zy-za Nadine Suzara
|15 March 2023|
|ASEAN Centrality: An Autoethnographic Account by a Philippine Diplomat||Elizabeth Buensuceso||2021|
Southeast Asia Climate Outlook Survey Reports
The Southeast Asia Climate Outlook Survey Report is the first comprehensive report of climate change perspectives specific to the Southeast Asian region. Conducted yearly since 2020, the surveys aim to provide a general sense of the prevailing views of Southeast Asian citizens towards climate change issues. The reports contain the results and analysis of views towards questions such as climate adaptation and mitigation, climate change impacts, low-carbon transitions and climate policy, among other topics.
To access the reports, visit here.
“Planning Southeast Asia’s Decarbonisation Pathways – Insights for Policy-Making” draws key lessons from an in-person workshop conducted by ISEAS for ASEAN energy and climate officials in September 2022. The report reflects discussions on shared challenges faced by governments in the climate-energy nexus, as well as potential solutions and expert recommendations in renewable energy deployment, regional energy cooperation, low-carbon technologies and just transitions among other topics.
Download the report here.
Energy Transitions in ASEAN: A new report by the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore, and Newcastle University shows that there are several decarbonisation pathways that can put ASEAN member states on track for an energy transition in light of an increasingly carbon-constrained world.
Read the report here.
Download the report here.
The Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme (CCSEAP) was established in 2020 to examine the phenomenon of climate change, its impact, and policy responses across the region and in key Southeast Asian countries. Through Visiting Fellowships, the Programme hopes to cultivate a network of scholars at the forefront of climate change research. The Programme aims to build on ISEAS’ thought leadership to advance climate discourse and knowledge in Southeast Asia through a series of publications and seminars.
The Programme conducts an annual Climate Change in Southeast Asia Survey. Inaugurated in 2020, the survey probes the attitudes and concerns of Southeast Asian citizens towards climate change, governmental actions, and the role of different stakeholders in climate action. It aims to obtain views on climate change impacts, mitigation, adaptation, food security, agricultural production, cities’ adaptation measures, renewable energy and the transition to low-carbon economies.
If any researcher is interested in contributing to the work areas above, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Programme will focus on 5 key research areas:
1. Regional Climate Change Outlook
• ASEAN Member States’ climate change agendas, laws, policies, and institutional bodies, including the examination of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS), among other issues.
• ASEAN’s institutional governance and initiatives on environmental and climate issues.
• Effectiveness of Southeast Asian countries’ current and planned mitigation and adaptation measures.
2. Agriculture, Forestry, and Food Security
• Regional inter-dependencies of agricultural production and food supply chains, including comparative advantages of Southeast Asian countries.
• Land-use, land-use change and forestry issues
3. Cities and Urban Development
• Climate vulnerability, resiliency and climate finance governance in the context of Southeast Asian cities.
4. Energy and Decarbonisation
• Trends in renewable energy deployment, energy efficiency improvement, as well as the successes and failures of government policies including energy subsidies, grants and incentives in Southeast Asia.
• Voluntary corporate climate-related disclosures in Southeast Asian countries.
• Ms Sharon Li-Lian SEAH
• Ms Melinda MARTINUS
Lead Researcher, ASEAN Studies Centre
• Dr Mirza Sadaqat Huda
Lead Researcher, Climate Change in Southeast Programme
• Dr LEE Poh Onn
Senior Fellow, Regional Economic Studies Programme and Malaysia Studies Programme
• Ms QIU Jiahui
Research Officer, Climate Change in Southeast Programme
• Dr Vinod Thomas
Visiting Senior Fellow, Regional Economic Studies Programme and Climate Change in Southeast Programme
• Ms Elyssa Kaur Ludher
Visiting Fellow, Climate Change in Southeast Programme
• Prof Paul TENG Piang Siong
Associate Senior Fellow, Climate Change in Southeast Programme
• Dr Prapimphan Chiengkul
Associate Fellow, Climate Change in Southeast Programme
If you are interested in upcoming activities and events by the Programme, including our annual Southeast Asia Climate Outlook Survey, please sign up for updates here.
“Vietnam: Thirty Years of Doi Moi and Beyond”
7-8 April 2016
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
THE CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED
The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) adopted the Doi Moi (Renovation) policy at its sixth National Congress in 1986, opening up a new chapter in the country’s modern history. Under Doi Moi, Vietnam has undergone significant socio-economic reforms that transformed the country from a backward centrally-planned, autarkic economy into a dynamic market-based and highly internationally integrated one, and one of the most successful stories in terms of poverty reduction in Asia’s contemporary history. The country’s political system has also adopted various reforms to facilitate economic development and good governance. At the same time, Vietnam’s foreign policy has also been renovated under Doi Moi as Hanoi abandoned the ideology-based foreign policy making to pursue the “diversification and multilateralisation” of its international relations. As such, Vietnam has transformed itself into a well respected international partner with increasing influence over regional affairs.
Next year will witness another milestone in the country’s development as the CPV will convene its 12thNational Congress to review the past 30 years of Doi Moi and to introduce new policies to guide the country’s future development. In particular, there have been calls for a second Doi Moi (Doi Moi 2.0) to lift Vietnam out of prolonged economic difficulties since 2008 and to establish a new growth model for the country. Therefore, economic reforms, if any, introduced by the Party at the Congress will have important implications for Vietnam’s future economic performance. Moreover, official documents adopted by the Congress may also shed light on how the CPV will deal with mounting pressures for further political reforms as well as foreign policy challenges brought about by China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea.
Theme and Topics
Against this backdrop, ISEAS will organize the Vietnam Forum 2016 on “Vietnam: Thirty years of Doi Moi and beyond”. The Forum will provide a timely opportunity for Vietnam watchers to review and examine the various socio-economic, political and foreign policy transformations that Doi Moi has produced over the past 30 years as well as their national and regional implications. Held at a critical juncture of the country’s development, the Forum will also be an appropriate platform for scholars and policy makers to share their views on Vietnam’s contemporary challenges and its future trajectories.
The Forum is multidisciplinary, and we welcome papers on a broad range of topics as long as they address the general theme of the Forum. Papers with comparative approaches (especially between Vietnam and China) are also welcome.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Vietnam’s current economic restructuring; SOE reforms; the role of private and foreign-invested sectors; the role of foreign aid and foreign actors in Vietnam’s economic development; Vietnam’s outward FDI; the role of overseas Vietnamese in Vietnam’s economic development; the development of Vietnam’s financial sector.
- Vietnam’s political reforms under Doi Moi; the CPV’s legitimacy and political challenges; politics within the CPV; administrative and judicial reforms; corruption and the fight against corruption; constitutional reform.
- Vietnam’s social and cultural changes under Doi Moi; immigration and demographic changes; urbanization process; inequality; middle class; Vietnam’s education reform.
- Vietnam’s foreign policy evolution under Doi Moi; Vietnam’s contemporary foreign policy challenges; Vietnam’s relations with major countries and ASEAN; Vietnam and the South China Sea disputes; Vietnam’s international economic integration.
The Forum will be divided into eight consecutive panels, focusing on four research areas: economics; politics; social and cultural issues; and foreign policy. Each panel will address the overall theme of the Forum with a focus on their specific area.
Each panel will be composed of 4-5 participants, each participant has 15 minutes to present their paper and 10 minutes for Q&A. Depending on the quality of the papers submitted, however, the number of participants in each panel may be increased or decreased so that the best participants/papers will be selected.
It is expected that an edited book based on a number of selected papers will be published within 12-18 months after the Forum concludes.
Submission of Abstracts and Full Papers
Interested scholars should submit author information, paper title and an abstract (maximum 250 words) before 17 July 2015. Selected authors will be notified via email on 24 July 2015.
The deadline for full papers to be submitted is 29 January 2016. Please note that authors who do not submit completed papers by due date may be asked to give up their place in the Forum.
The papers must be original research that have not been published or are not being considered for publication anywhere else.
The papers should be between 6000-8000 words, using endnotes and following the rules set out in Chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual Style, 12th edition, 1969.
ISEAS will cover economy class round-trip airfare and accommodation (2 to 3 nights) for selected participants, plus per diems during the Forum.
•Abstract submission: 17 July 2015
•Selected participants announced: 24 July 2015
•Full paper submission: 29 January 2016
•Forum organized: 7-8 April 2016
Further Information and Contact Details
Further information about the Forum is available at the Forum’s website: Vietnamforum.info. All queries should be directed to:
Dr. Le Hong Hiep
Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119614
Tel: +65 6870 4545
“Vietnam: Thirty Years of Doi Moi and Beyond”
7-8 April 2016
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
BACK TO VIETNAM FORUM 2016
Session 1: The Political Economy of Doi Moi
1. Vietnam: Economic Strategy and Economic Reality
2. The Political Economy of Industrial Development in Vietnam (1986-2012)
3. SOE Restructuring in Vietnam: Where Do We Stand and What Are the Challenges Ahead?
4. Does Fiscal Decentralisation Help Improve Socio-Economic Outcomes? Evidence from Vietnam’s Poverty Reduction and Health Outcomes
Session 2: The Sectoral Dynamics of Doi Moi
1. Impacts of Foreign Investment on Vietnam’s Economy under Doi Moi
2. Industrial Spatial Localization and the Involvement Of MNEs– Comparison between the Red River Delta and the Southeast in Vietnam
3. Changes in Ownership, Employment, and Wages in Vietnamese Firms
4. The China Factor in Vietnam’s Energy Industry
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES
Session 3: Urban and Rural Transformations under Doi Moi
1. Rural Vietnam: Transformational Dynamics and Regional Variation
2. Vietnam’s Land Reforms and the Implications on Insecure and Unequal Access to Land in Practice: A Case Study In a Rural Community in Central Vietnam
3. Driving Doi Moi: Cars, Class and Capitalism in Contemporary Vietnam
Session 4: Doi Moi’s Impacts Revisited: Education, Health, Labour and Religion
1. Reform Process and Productive Efficiency in Vietnamese Higher Education: A Case Study of Public Universities
2. Vietnam’s Religion Policy under Doi Moi: The Case of Mariamman Temple
3. Affective Expertise: Social Work and the Management of Femininity and Class in Ho Chi Minh City
Session 5: Vietnam’s Transforming Political Landscape under Doi Moi
1. The Struggle for a Constitutional Moment in Vietnam
2. The Influence of Social Media in Vietnam’s Elite Politics
3. Autonomy of Public Service Delivery Agencies in Vietnam and OECD: A Comparative Institutional Perspective
Session 6: Doi Moi, Political Legitimacy and Implications for the CPV
1. The Communist Party of Vietnam’s Resilient Authoritarianism: Adaption Strategies since Doi Moi
2. Vietnamese Civic Organizations: Supporters of or Obstacles to Further Democratization? Results from an Empirical Survey
3. The Making of National Ancestry: The Worship of Hung Kings and Vietnamese Struggle with the Post-War Political Culture
FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
Session 7: Vietnam’s relations with major powers under Doi Moi
1. Ideology vs. Realpolitik: Another New Shift in Vietnam’s Foreign Policy?
2. The Evolution of Strategic Trust in Vietnam’s Foreign Policy: A Case Study of Relations with The United States through the Doi Moi Years
3. China-Vietnam Relations after the Oil Rig HYSY-981: The Politics of “Struggling Co-Evolution“
Session 8: Beyond “Diversification and Multilateralization”: New Opportunities & Challenges for Vietnam’s Diplomacy
1. India-Vietnam Partnership: The Maritime Imperatives
2. Vietnam’s Foreign Policy towards Its Smaller Neighbours
3. The EU’s Norm Diffusion through Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Negotiations and Vietnam’s Reaction
Please click the links below for more information on each Programme:
- Indonesia Studies
- Malaysia Studies
- Myanmar Studies
- Thailand Studies
- Vietnam (including Indochina) Studies
The Regional Strategic and Political Studies (RSPS) programme focuses on the dynamics of political change within the regional states and strategic issues in the Southeast Asian region and the wider Indo-Pacific. In particular, RSPS examines topics relating to the security and stability of the region as well as the region’s relationships with major powers. The programme organises workshops, conferences and seminars/webinars as well as produces books, articles and working papers.
The programme has two major publications. Published since 1974, Southeast Asian Affairs is regarded as a flagship publication of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. It provides an annual review of the politics, economies, and international relations of contemporary Southeast Asia as a region and its individual states. The collection of Southeast Asian Affairs volumes constitutes a valuable resource documenting the evolution of Southeast Asian developments from the 1970s.
RSPS also publishes the internationally-refereed peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Southeast Asia three times a year. The journal covers topics on regionalism, security and strategic affairs, domestic political developments, and international relations relevant to Southeast Asia. CSEA is listed in the most important bibliographic databases, including the prestigious Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).
As part of above, the RSPS team are currently working on the following research topics:
CURRENT RSPS PROJECTS
China, the United States and Southeast Asia
Strategic competition has become the new paradigm of US-China relations, with consequential implications for Southeast Asia’s relations with both great powers and the security and economic well-being of regional countries. The stakes are high for Southeast Asia since both the US and China have and will continue to step up their engagement with the region as a critical component of their geopolitical contest. This project will monitor (i) US policy under the Biden administration towards China and its key allies/partners in Asia and their impact on Southeast Asia; US policy on the regional architecture, including established ASEAN-led mechanisms as well as emergent minilateral coalitions such as the Quad and AUKUS; America’s relations with Southeast Asian states; (ii) China’s engagement with Southeast Asia through various diplomatic, economic, security and military, and people-to-people channels, including the BRI, the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and its competition with other Mekong-related initiatives, and efforts to influence ethnic Chinese communities in Southeast Asia; (iii) The opportunities and challenges for Southeast Asia in light of the US-China strategic rivalry, especially the pressure to take sides, and how regional states have responded to the changing power dynamics.
Middle Powers’ Engagement with Southeast Asia
The role of middle powers in affecting the regional balance of power and shaping regional governance is well regarded in Southeast Asia. Japan, India, the ROK and Australia are important middle powers that maintain a strong focus on Southeast Asia in their Indo-Pacific strategies and longstanding engagements with Southeast Asia. Amid the US-China rivalry, these countries’ relations with America and China are changing with important implications for their approaches to Southeast Asia. From the bilateral perspective, these countries have continued to engage Southeast Asian states on their own merits as well, although there could be differences in terms of emphasis and priorities. This project examines how the unfolding geopolitical dynamics affect these middle powers’ engagement with Southeast Asia and what are the opportunities and constraints in their efforts to strengthen ties with the region.
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Security in Southeast Asia’s maritime domain will increase in importance in the coming years as great power competition intensifies and non-traditional security threats such as piracy and illegal fishing persist. Competing territorial and jurisdictional claims in the South China Sea, complicated by US-China rivalry, will be the primary focus as tensions continue to rise and the parties concerned harden their positions. Major European players such as France, the United Kingdom and Germany have also stepped up their military presence in the area. The project will monitor and assess developments in the maritime space, especially in the South China Sea, including incidents at sea, power projection and legal warfare, and negotiations between ASEAN and China for a Code of Conduct. The piracy situation in the Straits of Malacca and Sulu/Celebes Sea will also be tracked.
Philippine Studies Project
Running from June 2019 to December 2023, the Philippine Studies Project receives funding support from the Philippine Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Singapore. It aims to support the research capabilities and coverage of Philippine studies at ISEAS through publications and events. It also offers opportunities for both established and young scholars and experts from the Philippines to share their views and perspectives on multifaceted developments in the country. From October 2021 to June 2022, the overall theme of the Philippine Studies Project is Electoral Politics and Foreign Policy in the Philippines. The Project will also track developments related to the elections to understand the continuity and change in Philippine politics. Another area of focus would be the Philippines’ foreign policy under the new administration, especially towards the United States, China and ASEAN.
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The RSCS programme studies and examines the history, sociology and anthropology of national and transnational processes within Southeast Asia. RSCS is concerned with ethnographic practices and theory-building in contemporary histories, nation-building, civil society and religion, cultural globalisation and identity-making, contemporary politics, and democratisation and multiculturalism in Southeast Asia.
The programme publishes the internationally-refereed SOJOURN thrice a year. The journal covers topics on urbanisation, migration, ethnicity, religion, popular culture, nation-building, civil society, family and gender.
For more information on RSCS researchers, please click here.
- Religion in Southeast Asia
The projects under this theme examine the impact of religious growth and revival on multicultural and multi-religious societies and their role in shaping politics and public debates. They analyze, among others, the role of religious elites, religious movements, religious education, and new modes of religious transmission.
- China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century
This project seeks to monitor and understand the extent to which Chinese political and cultural influence is impacting Southeast Asia, overseas Chinese and new Chinese migrants. It also investigates new forms of governance and organization of Chinese-owned industries and investments in Southeast Asia.
For more information, please contact the Coordinator Professor Leo Suryadinata
- Media, Technology and Society
This programme studies the different ways in which social media influences the state, politics, and everyday life in Southeast Asia. It focuses on the digital revolution that has extended access to information to many across the region, and the potential of the revolution in mobilising collective actions and behaviours.
For more information, please contact the Coordinator, Ms Lee Sue-Ann
Selected Seminar series
- Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia Webinar series
- ISEAS-SPF Asia Impact Dialogue Webinar Series
- Politics of Art in Southeast Asia Seminar Series
- Heritage of Malaysia and Singapore Seminar Series
- Online Workshop on Rising China and New Chinese Migrants in Southeast Asia
- Online Workshop on Social Media and Polarization in Southeast Asia
- Workshop on From Grassroots Activism to Disinformation: Social Media’s Impact on Southeast Asian Society
- Workshop on Contested Resource Frontiers in Mainland Southeast Asia
- ISEAS-IDE JETRO Workshop on Political Transitions in Southeast Asia” and “China in Mainland Southeast Asia: New Strategies and Practices
Past Publications of RSCS Researchers
- Norshahril Saat, Azhar Ibrahim, and Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman. Reaching for the Crescent: Aspirations of Singapore Islamic Studies Graduates and the Challenges (2021)
- Aim Sinpeng and Ross Tapsell, From Grassroots Activism to Disinformation: Social Media in Southeast Asia (2020)
- Michael J Montesano, Terence Chong and Prajak Kongkirati (eds), Praetorians, Profiteers or Professionals? Studies on the Militaries of Myanmar and Thailand (2020)
- Norshahril Saat and Ahmad Najib Burhani (eds), The New Santri: Challenges to Traditional Religious Authority in Indonesia (2020)
- Terence Chong (ed), Navigating Differences: Integration in Singapore (2020)
- Norshahril Saat and Azhar Ibrahim (eds), Alternative Voices in Muslim Southeast Asia: Discourses and Struggles (2019)
- Norshahril Saat. Tradition and Islamic Learning: Singapore Students in the Al-Azhar University (2018)
- Norshahril Saat, The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia (2018)
- Norshahril Saat, Islam in Southeast Asia: Negotiating Modernity (2018)
- Terence Chong (ed), Pentecostal Megachurches in Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption and the Nation (2018)
- Leo Suryadinata, The Rise of China and the Chinese Overseas: A Study of Beijing’s Changing Policy in Southeast Asia and Beyond (2017)
- Terence Chong and Hui Yew-Foong, Different Under God: A Survey of Church-going Protestants in Singapore (2013)
- Hui Yew-Foong, Encountering Islam: The Politics of Religious Identities in Southeast Asia (2012)
|Religion in Southeast Asia||Mohd Faizal Musa, Naquib Al-Attas’ Islamization of Knowledge: Its Impact on Malay Religious Life, Literature, Language and Culture (2021)|
A’an Suryana and Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek, The Serious Social Impact of Non-violent Extremism in Indonesia (2021)
A’an Suryana, Challenges in Tackling Extremism in the Indonesian Civil Service (2020)
Quinton Temby, Terrorism in Indonesia after “Islamic State” (2020)
Syafiq Hasyim and Norshahril Saat, Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs under Joko Widodo (2020)
Leo Suryadinata, Pancasila and the Challenge of Political Islam: Past and Present (2018)
Norshahril Saat, The Traditionalist Response to Wahhabi-Salafism in Batam by Norshahril Saat (2017)
Norshahril Saat, Johor Remains the Bastion of Kaum Tua by Norshahril Saat (2017)
|China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century||Danielle Labbé, Urban Transition in Hanoi: Huge Challenges Ahead (2021)|
Enze Han, Non-State Chinese Actors and Their Impact on Relations between China and Mainland Southeast Asia (2021)
Siwage Dharma Negara and Leo Suryadinata, Indonesia and China’s Belt and Road Initiatives: Perspectives, Issues and Prospects (2018)
Leo Suryadinata, The Growing “Strategic Partnership” between Indonesia and China Faces Difficult Challenges (2017)
Vannarith Chheang, The Political Economy of Chinese Investment in Cambodia (2017)
|Media, Technology and Society||Pauline Pooi Yin Leong, Digital Mediatization and the Sharpening of Malaysian Political Contests (2021)|
Dien Nguyen An Luong, The Growing Salience of Online Vietnamese Nationalism (2021)
Ross Tapsell, Deepening the Understanding of Social Media’s Impact in Southeast Asia (2020)
Some of these titles are available in PDF and hard copies. For a more comprehensive list, please check our bookshop.
- Demographic Change in Southeast Asia
- Singapore’s Islamic Studies Graduates
- State Responses to Extremism in Post-Authoritarianism Southeast Asia
- Christianity in Southeast Asia: Comparative Growth, Politics and Networks in Urban Centres
The Regional Economic Studies Programme focuses on a range of economic issues in Southeast Asia. Emphasis is on timely, policy-related research that is relevant to decision-makers as well as researchers.
For researchers, please click here.
Global Economic Uncertainties
For further information, please contact Dr Francis Hutchinson
Regional Economic Issues
For more information, please contact Dr Francis Hutchinson and Dr Cassey Lee
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
For more information, please contact Dr Cassey Lee
For more information on this research project, please contact Dr Lee Poh Onn
For more information, please contact Dr Francis Hutchinson
Vietnam is a major Southeast Asian country of considerable strategic, political, and economic importance. It has a population of about 90 million and is a significant factor in the geopolitics of both continental and maritime Southeast Asia, the latter because of its claims in the South China Sea. It is an important and active member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Vietnam Study Group works on critical issues relating to Vietnam’s internal situation: political economy; internal political and leadership dynamics which affect domestic and foreign policies; mass organisations and social change; and socio-cultural issues, including Vietnamese ground sentiments on, and perceptions of, China and Vietnam-China relations. The Group also works on Vietnam’s relations with the major powers, and its role in ASEAN.
The Coordinator of the Vietnam Studies Programme is Dr Le Hong Hiep. Please contact him for further information on the Vietnam Studies Programme.
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute has a long history of hosting researchers and scholars who work on Vietnam. Among those previously affiliated with the Institute are the following:
|Dr Russell Heng Hiang Khng||Mrs Nguyen Kim Anh|
|Dr David Koh Wee Hock||Mr Le Xuan Sang|
|Mr Nguyen Nam Duong||Dr Yul Kwon|
|Dr Nick Freeman||Dr Carolyn L. Gates|
|Mr Phan Le Minh||Dr Nguyen Hong Thach|
|Dr Hoang Anh Tuan||Dr Jason Morris-Jung|
|Dr Huong Le Thu||Dr Ngo Vinh Long|
|Dr Hun Kee Kim||Mr Daljit Singh|
|Dr Hoang Thi Tuan Oanh||Dr Teo Ee Leong Victor|
|Mr Lye Liang Fook||Dr Ivan Victor Small|
|Mr Chong Zhi Quan Joel||Dr Joseph Buckley|
|Dr Ha Hoang Hop||Ms Tran Thi Bich|
For upcoming seminars, please refer to the events section of the main ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute website. Our past seminars include:
- Dr Le Dang Doanh, “Vietnam Joining the TPP and FTA with the EU: Benefits and Challenges,” 11th June 2015.
- Dr Thomas Jandl, “What Developing Countries Can Learn from Vietnam, and What Vietnam Needs to Learn from its Own Development Path?” 29th April 2015.
- Dr Le Hong Hiep, “Vietnam’s Alliance Politics in the South China Sea,” 27th March 2015.
- Dr Thaveeporn Vasavakul, “Recrafting the State: Public Administration Reform and Anti-Corruption in Vietnam,” 13th February 2015.
- Dr Tran Thi Lien, “Catholics in Vietnam: National Identity and the Making of a Religious Minority,” 22nd August 2014.
- Dr Ian Storey, Dr Jason Morris-Jung, Dr Huong Le Thu, Dr Zhao Hong, “The Implications of the Vietnam-China Crisis on the South China Sea,” 3rd June 2014.
- Professor Peter Zinoman, “Vietnamese Colonial Republican: The Political Vision of Vu Trong Phung,” 23rd May 2014.
- Dr Huong Le Thu, “Trafficking in Persons in Vietnam: Responding to the Human Security Threat,” 22nd January 2014.
- Professor Sorn Samnang, “The Preah Vihear Temple Case – What Happens Now?” 4th December 2013.
- Professor Ngo Vinh Long, “The (Existential) Challenges Facing the Party-State of Vietnam: How will it cope?” 14th Aug 2013.
- Mr. Le Hong Hiep, “The economic determinants of Vietnam’s South China Sea Dispute with China,” 2nd Aug 2013.
- Mr. Le Hong Hiep, “The Political Economy of Vietnam’s Economic Relations with China,” 31st July 2013.
- Dr Nolwen Henaff, “Education and Poverty in Vietnam,” 17 April 2012.
- Mr Mathieu Tromme, “Corruption in Vietnam,” 27 February 2012.
- Professor Hermann Waibel, “Urban Migration and Income Improvement in Thailand and Vietnam,” 16 February 2012.
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute has published research and analyses on Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Each edition of the annual Southeast Asian Affairs covers Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and the bimonthly ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute Monitor surveys Vietnam and Cambodia. Scholarship and research on Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos appear in the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute journals: Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies and SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. Other recent publications include:
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute Perspective Issues
|Jason Morris-Jung||Online Petitions: Promoting a Public Voice in Vietnamese Politics (20 July 2015)|
|Jason Morris-Jung||An Ethnographic Glimpse: On the Trail of Chinese-Vietnamese Mining Cooperation (25 May 2015)|
|Le Hong Hiep||Vietnam’s Leadership Transition in 2016: A Preliminary Analysis (18 May 2015)|
|Huong Le Thu||The Middle Class in Hanoi: Vulnerability and Concerns (11 February 2015)|
|Ha Hoang Hop||The Oil Rig Incident: A Line Has Been Crossed in Vietnam’s Relations with China (18 November 2014)|
|Ian Storey||The Sino-Vietnamese Oil Rig Crisis: Implications for the South China Sea Dispute (15 October 2014)|
|Nguyen Van Chinh||Chinese Labour Migration into Vietnam’s Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Sectors (19 August 2014)|
|Jason Morris-Jung||Reflections on the Oil Rig Crisis: Vietnam’s Domestic Opposition Grows (30 July 2014)|
|John Lee||Reforms Will Decide Vietnam’s Ability To Resist Economic Dominance By China (2 June 2014)|
|Jason Morris-Jung||Reflections on the Oil Rig Crisis: Vietnam’s Domestic Opposition Grows (30 July 2014)|
|John Lee||Reforms Will Decide Vietnam’s Ability To Resist Economic Dominance By China (2 June 2014)|
|Huong Le Thu||The Anti-Chinese Riots in Vietnam: Responses from the Ground (27 May 2014)|
|Danielle Tan||China in Laos: Is There Cause For Worry? (16 May 2014)|
|Le Hong Hiep||Will Development Lead to Democratisation in Vietnam and China? (15 April 2014)|
|Huong Le Thu||Bumper Harvest in 2013 for Vietnamese Diplomacy (23 January 2014)|
|Le Hong Hiep||The One Party-State and Prospects for Democratization in Vietnam (9 Dec 2013)|
|Terence Chong||Chinese Capital and Immigration into CLMV: Trends and Impact” (29 August 2013)|
|Ha Hoang Hop||The Seventh Plenum of the Communist Party of Vietnam: The Gains of the Central Committee (12 July 2013)|
|Le Hong Hiep||South China Sea Disputes Keep Vietnam – China Relations Cold (15 April 2013)|
|David Koh||Vietnamese Reactions over the South China Sea: Divergence between Society and Government (21 January 2013)|
|David Koh||The Sixth Plenum in Vietnam: Thunder Without Rain (29 October 2012)|
Trends in Southeast Asia
|Danielle Tan||Chinese Engagement in Laos: Past, Present, and Uncertain Future (6 May 2015)|
|Le Hong Hiep||Vietnam’s Alliance Politics in the South China Sea (5 May 2015)|
|Huong Le Thu||Vietnam: Straddling Southeast Asia’s Divide (22 September 2014)|
|John Lee||Reforms will Determine Degree of Vietnam’s Dependence on China (2 September 2014)|
|Ha Hoang Hop||More Change Awaits Vietnam’s Political Economy (31 December 2013)|
|Vu Quoc Ngu||The State-Owned Enterprise Reform in Vietnam: Process and Achievements Visiting Researchers Series No. 4 (2002)|
- Le Hong Hiep, Anton Tsvetov (eds.), Vietnam’s Foreign Policy under Doi Moi (2018)
- Daljit Singh and Malcolm Cook (ed.) Southeast Asian Affairs 2018 (2018)
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