Vietnam’s 13th Party Congress: Political Significance and Implications


About the Webinar

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) will be holding its all-important five yearly 13th Party Congress. The congress will deliberate on four key policy documents, namely the political report, the report on party building and the implementation of the party’s statute, the report on socio-economic development for the past ten years, and the socio-economic development strategy for the next ten years. The congress will also unveil a fresh slate of leaders in the Politburo, the Secretariat and the Central Committee that will lead Vietnam’s development over the next five to ten years. The webinar will assess the political significance and implications of these leadership changes and key documents adopted by the congress.

About the Speakers

Paul Schuler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, where he studies Southeast Asian politics, Vietnamese politics, and authoritarian institutions. He guest-lectures and publishes widely. His first book, United Front: Projecting Solidarity Through Deliberation in Vietnam’s Single-Party Legislature was published by Stanford University Press this year (2021). Earlier scholarship has appeared in the American Political Science Review and Comparative Politics, among other outlets. Schuler earned his Ph.D in political science at the University of California-San Diego.

Nguyen Khac Giang is an analyst on Vietnamese affairs. He was formerly Head of the Political Research Unit of the Hanoi-based Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR). He writes extensively for major Vietnamese and English news outlets, including VnExpress, Saigon Times, Zing News, Vietnamnet, The Diplomat, and the East Asia Forum. Giang is currently a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


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Feb 09 2021


9:00 am - 10:15 am