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Flying Blind: Vietnam’s Decision to Join ASEAN A conversation with Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tung
Join the Asia Foundation's John Brandon for a discussion with Ambassador (Dr.) Nguyen Vu Tung on his new book, “Flying Blind: Vietnam’s Decision to Join ASEAN.” Ambassador (Dr.) Nguyen Vu Tung’s book is a well-informed, highly-insightful account of why Vietnam joined ASEAN. His book illustrates how policy makers 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, Ambassador 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.


Ambassador (Dr.) Nguyen Vu Tung currently serves as the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Republic of Korea (2020-2023). Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he served as the President of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam (DAV) from 2016 to 2020, and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Vietnam in the United States from 2010-2014.

He earned his Masters Degree of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 1997 and his Doctoral Degree of Political Science from Columbia University in 2003. 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.

Jun 23, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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