Navigating Strategic Uncertainties: Vietnam’s Pursuit of Strategic Autonomy in a Changing World


About the Webinar

As the world faces increasing strategic uncertainties, due to growing regional conflicts, intensified great power competition, economic fluctuations, technological advancements, and evolving security challenges, pursuing strategic autonomy has become an imperative for Vietnam and other nations. This webinar introduces an advanced understanding of strategic autonomy as the utmost level of autonomy a state can achieve within a five-level framework, proposing it as a crucial response to the fluid international environment. Highlighting Vietnam’s unique geopolitical position, the session will explore the multifaceted challenges of strategic uncertainty, including economic and technological aspects, alongside traditional security concerns. It will also discuss measures Vietnam has undertaken to enhance its resilience and adaptability in an unpredictable future, and how striving for strategic autonomy underpins Vietnam’s recent elevation in relations with key partners. Attendees will gain valuable insights into how Vietnam can navigate the complexities of the modern geopolitical landscape and protect its national interests through strategic autonomy in an era marked by ever-greater uncertainty.

About the Speaker

Vu Le Thai Hoang is Director General of the Institute of Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies and Dean of the Faculty of International Politics and Diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. He has a diverse background in both journalism and foreign affairs, having previously worked as a reporter and held various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. From 2018 to 2022, he served as Deputy Director General at the ASEAN Department and the Department of American Affairs of the Ministry. Before that, he was minister counselor and chief political officer at the Vietnam Embassy to the United States from 2014 to 2018.

Hoang holds a PhD in Asian Studies from the University of Leeds and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Nanyang Technological University. He was also named an Eisenhower Fellow in 2014. Hoang has published extensively on Vietnam’s foreign policy and Asia-Pacific security issues.


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May 29 2024


10:00 am - 11:00 am

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