Seminar: Vietnam-US Relations: Opportunities and Constraints in an Integrated World


In the past two decades, US-Vietnam relations has rapidly progressed, from navigating through the imposition of sanctions to a comprehensive partnership. Previously isolated, Vietnam now fully embraces regional integration. This transformation is closely associated with improvements in its bilateral relationship with the US, and effected by changes brought about by the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and possibly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This seminar will discuss the domestic, bilateral, and international forces that brought about these changes, and also discuss opportunities and constraints, against the backdrop of recent developments.


Bui Thi Phuong Lan (Lan Bui) received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003. Thereupon, she was pivotal in designing and setting up the operation of the US Congress funded Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). In 2005, she founded and served as Dean of Faculty of International Studies at Hanoi University, the first and only undergraduate program that teaches social sciences in English in Vietnam.

Her interests and writings include global history (US, Europe, China), environment, and education. She has contributed to the New Literary History of America (2009) and Access, Equity and Capacity in Asia Pacific Higher Education (2010). Her book on Vietnam-US Relations 1994-2010 by Social Sciences Publishing House came out in 2011 in Hanoi. Dr. Bui was Deputy Director for the Institute of American Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi, Vietnam.


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Nov 24 2015


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2