US-J-SEA Fellowship Year 1 Fellow: Quang Huy Pham

Residency: February - March 2019
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BiographyQuang Huy Pham

Quang Huy Pham is a visiting lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (Hanoi). In 2018, he completed his MA degree in Peace Studies at the International Christian University (Tokyo). Extended from his MA dissertation on “The influences of the China factor on Japan-Vietnam security cooperation: A Japanese perspective,” his current research interest focuses on the Indo-Pacific regional security and geo-politics, namely Japan, Vietnam, ASEAN, China and the Quad. Thus, newly being affiliated with the EWC (Washington, D.C.) as a visiting research fellow of the “U.S. – Japan – South East Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia fellowship,” Huy will carry out his study on the topic “Implications of the U.S.—Japan upon the performance of the ADMM-Plus: A Vietnamese perspective” from January to March 2019.

Research Topic: The Implications of the U.S.-Japan Alliance Upon the Performance of the ADMM-Plus: A Vietnamese Perspective

The US-Japan security alliance, on the one hand, is one of the strongest bilateral treaties, which has significantly promoted the presences of the two countries in the region. On the other hand, both the US and Japan are the members of multiple ASEAN-centric security institutions, including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus). However, at the contemporary context, there are several concerns not only inside the bilateral security alliance, namely Japan’s rights to a collective self-defense and Trump’s dissenting foreign policies towards the US allies, but also amid the dynamic Asia, i.e. the rise of China and the disunity among the ASEAN countries. As a result, in this research - “Implications of the US-Japan security alliance upon the performance of the ASEAN-centric security institutions: A Vietnamese perspective”, by posing and answering the research questions - “To what extent had the US-Japan security alliance influence their presences in the ASEAN security architecture?” thus “What are the correlations between the US-Japan security alliance and the ASEAN-centric security institutions?”, the causal mechanism between the US-Japan alliance and such institutions will hence be figured out.

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