Prospects of Vietnam’s Strategic Engagement with the Quad


About the Webinar

Following the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Hanoi is expected to continue strengthening its strategic cooperation with the major powers as part of its foreign policy of “diversification and multilateralization”. Against this backdrop, deepening ties with members of the Quad, which include the United States, Japan, Australia and India, will likely become a priority for Vietnam. Meanwhile, Quad members also consider Vietnam as an increasingly important security partner, especially in the context of their intensifying strategic competition with China. This webinar will examine the status of Quad members’ strategic engagements with Vietnam and their prospects in the next five years.

About the Speaker

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at RAND Corporation focused on a range of national security policy and Indo-Pacific security issues. He is particularly interested in China’s relationships with Asian countries, including Vietnam.

Grossman worked over a decade in the Intelligence Community (IC), where he served as the daily intelligence briefer to the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and to the assistant secretary of defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs. Grossman wrote an award-winning paper for the IC’s “Galileo Competition,” which solicits innovative ideas to optimize IC enterprise management practices. Prior to DIA, Grossman served at the National Security Agency (NSA). He also worked at the CIA on the President’s Daily Brief staff.

Grossman is widely quoted by international media outlets and has published dozens of commentaries and journal articles, including for Foreign Policy, International Security, Journal of International Security Affairs, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and World Politics Review.

Grossman is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in U.S. national security policy and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in political science and Asian studies.


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Mar 16 2021


9:00 am - 10:00 am