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Khang Vu

Khang Vu

Khang Vu is a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at Boston College.

Khang Vu is a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at Boston College, where he focuses on East Asian security. He is also a regular contributor to the Lowy Institute’s blog The Interpreter. He received his master’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2019 and his other writings have appeared in International Security, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, East Asia Forum, Fulcrum, to name a few. Follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Posts by Khang Vu
September 09, 2022

Why Vietnam Should Not Go Nuclear

By Khang Vu
Pursuing a nuclear deterrent against Chinese aggression would undermine the country's international reputation and destabilize relations with Beijing.

August 24, 2022

To Guarantee Its Survival, Vietnam Needs to Look West

By Khang Vu
The South China Sea matters to Vietnam’s economic development, but its land borders are the key to its long-term security.
July 22, 2022

Why Vietnam Should be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis

By Khang Vu
The country's travails could deepen China's influence and destabilize the longstanding alliance between Hanoi and Vientiane.

April 05, 2022

Why Vietnam Holds the Trump Card in the US-Vietnam Partnership

By Khang Vu
Hanoi enjoys considerable leverage as a frontline state in Washington's strategic competition with Beijing.

March 01, 2022

Why the Russia-Ukraine War is Not the Same as the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979

By Khang Vu
Vietnam's alliance with the Soviet Union put limits on how far China could go. Those limits don't exist in the current situation.

August 25, 2021

China’s Wedge Strategy Towards the US-Vietnam Partnership

By Khang Vu
Through a variety of measures, Beijing is seeking to reinforce Vietnam’s neutrality in the competition between the superpowers.
June 03, 2021

Why There Is No Gulf Between Chinese and Vietnamese Alliance Policies: A Response

By Khang Vu
National security interests and ideological values are key to understanding Chinese and Vietnamese alliance policies.

May 18, 2021

Do China and Vietnam Have Similar Alliance Policies?

By Khang Vu
Despite obvious areas of friction between China and Vietnam, their alliance policies are more similar than is often acknowledged.

December 21, 2020

Vietnam’s Sole Military Ally

By Khang Vu
The country's longstanding ties with its neighbor Laos constitute an alliance in everything but name.

November 28, 2020

The Implausibility of the ‘Vietnam Model’ for North Korea: The Security Factor

By Khang Vu and Khang Vu
North Korea at present is not in the same position that Vietnam was in 1986, in large part due to differences in the security environment.

October 01, 2020

What is Behind Kim Jong Un’s Apology for the Killing of a South Korean?

By Khang Vu and Khang Vu
Kim’s quick apology came as a surprise -- don't mistake it for sincerity.
June 16, 2020

A Guide to North Korea’s Crisis Playbook

By Khang Vu and Khang Vu
The current “crisis” in inter-Korean relations follows a similar pattern from Pyongyang.

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