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Virtual Event – Flying Blind: Vietnam’s Decision to Join ASEAN

Event: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Washington, DC

Please join The Asia Foundation for a discussion with Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tung on his new book, Flying Blind: Vietnam’s Decision to Join ASEAN. Amb. Nguyen’s book is a well-informed, highly-insightful account of why Vietnam joined ASEAN. His book illustrates how policymakers struggled to reconcile ideological and pragmatic considerations while navigating complex great-power and regional environments. Based on non-public official documents, rare personal interviews, and analytical research, Amb. Nguyen provides valuable insight into the thinking process and ideological underpinnings of Vietnam’s decision-making, and how the end of the Cold War allowed Hanoi to improve its understanding of ASEAN that resulted in better Vietnam-ASEAN relations, and subsequently, Vietnam’s membership in ASEAN.

Amb. Nguyen Vu Tung currently serves as the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Republic of Korea. He has served as president of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam and deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Vietnam in the United States. He has a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a doctoral degree in Political Science from Columbia University. His main areas of teaching, research, and publications include international relations theories, international relations in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific, Vietnamese foreign policy and relations with the major powers, and ASEAN.

John J. Brandon, Senior Director, International Relations Programs, The Asia Foundation

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Related locations: Vietnam, Washington DC
Related programs: Regional and International Relations

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