Locating the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Strategy


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When: Jun 28 2019 - 12:00pm until Jun 28 2019 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Locating the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Strategy

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Ms. Bich “Bella” T. Tran
Asia Studies Visiting Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East West Center in Washington

The United States-Vietnam relationship has rapidly improved since the two countries’ rapprochement in 1995. Under the Obama administration, the two sides established a comprehensive partnership in 2013 and vowed to upgrade the relationship to Ms. Bella Trana strategic level. However, changes in the Trump administration’s foreign policy have raised questions on the trajectory of the bilateral relationship. In this seminar, Ms. Tran discussed the development of the U.S.-Vietnam comprehensive partnership and located it within the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Read her Asia Pacific Bulletin on this topic. 

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Bich “Bella” T. Tran is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Before joining the East-West Center in Washington, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. Her research interests include Vietnam’s foreign policy, Southeast Asian states’ relations with major powers, and political leadership. She is the co-author of Vietnam’s Post-Cold War Hedging Strategy: A Changing Mix of Realist and Liberal Ingredients (Asian Politics & Policy, 2018, with Yoichiro Sato) and the author of Presidential Turnover and Discontinuity in the Philippines' China Policy (Asian Perspective, coming in fall 2019). Connect with Ms. Tran on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bich-t-tran/

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755