Vietnam’s Foreign Policy and Position in Regional and Global Context after the 13th Party Congress


About the Webinar

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) is scheduled to hold its 13th Party Congress in January 2021. The Congress will adopt a political report which will chart the nation’s foreign policy in the next five years and beyond. In the meantime, there are several key developments including the result of the US 2020 presidential election, the on-going evolution of an Indo-Pacific security architecture, the South China Sea (or East Sea in Vietnamese) disputes, and the COVID-19 reverberance that may have impacts on Vietnam’s foreign policy development thinking. Given this backdrop and Vietnam’s development strategy in three periods: 2021-2025, 2021-2030 with a vision to 2045, this webinar will discuss the following questions:

• What will Vietnam’s foreign policy be like after the 13th Party Congress? What are the likely expected changes and continuities in its foreign policy?

• How will Vietnam view regional and global mechanisms like ASEAN and the UN and their importance in enabling Hanoi to achieve its foreign policy goals?

How will Vietnam respond to an evolving security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region and increased power rivalry between the United States and China?

About the Speaker

Hai Hong Nguyen is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Futures, the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Prior to moving to Australia in 2011, Hai was involved in the diplomatic service and teaching in Vietnam. His research focuses on Vietnamese politics and foreign policy, international and regional politics and relations, democratic theory and governance. His first monograph is Political Dynamics of Grassroots Democracy in Vietnam (Palgrave McMillan, 2016). Currently, he is editing two books on East Asia democratisation and international relations in the Indo-Pacific region. Hai is a regular contributor to East Asia Forum on Vietnamese politics. Hai got his PhD in political science (UQ, 2015) and Master’s in international human rights and humanitarian law (Lund, 2004).


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Dec 11 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am