Capitalism with Vietnamese Characteristics? The Dilemma of Growth and Political Change


About the Webinar

Vietnam’s transition from a socialist to a capitalist economy has produced remarkable results, yet it has not achieved the level of success often touted. What factors have held back Vietnam’s economic potential to this day? How can a renewed understanding of Vietnam’s developmental path and its origins provide insight into its economic patterns and vulnerabilities? What can be said about the Vietnamese Communist Party’s firm control of the economy and society? This webinar examines these questions, drawing on a compilation of the latest research from both seasoned and emerging scholars of Vietnam. It will delve into the historical, institutional, and political elements that have contributed to the current dilemmas facing the country. The discussion becomes ever more salient in light of the recent political controversy and corruption scandals surrounding the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Speakers

Tuong Vu is Professor and Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Oregon. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University and the National University of Singapore. A former editor of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, he is the author or editor of seven books, including, most recently, Building a Republican Nation in Vietnam, 1920-1963 (2022) and Toward a Framework for Vietnamese American Studies: History, Community, and Memory (2023). He has also published thirty peer-reviewed publications on the politics of nationalism, revolution and state-building in East and Southeast Asia. Vu is the founding director of the US-Vietnam Research Center at the University of Oregon. He is frequently consulted on Vietnamese politics by international media.

Nhu Truong is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Affairs at Denison University. She is also a Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network Fellow, a Rosenberg Institute Scholar, and a Center for Khmer Studies Senior Research Fellow. Her research is concerned with the repressive – responsiveness of autocracies and democracies, rural political economy, social movements, and state formation in Northeast and Southeast Asia. Her work has appeared in the Journal of East Asian Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, edited books, and policy studies. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Associate with the Council on Southeast Asian Studies at Yale University and a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Mar 24 2023


10:00 am - 11:15 am