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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
May 10, 2023

What Role Does Ideology Play in Vietnam’s Foreign Policy?

By Khang Vu
Communist ideology is an important factor in the making of Hanoi's foreign policy, but it is far from the only one.

April 28, 2023

What Vietnam Needs from America: Lessons from a Past Alliance

By Khang Vu
What Hanoi needs from its relationship with Washington depends overwhelmingly on the state of China-Vietnam relations.
April 19, 2023

The China Factor in Vietnam’s Multidirectional Foreign Policy

By Khang Vu
No matter how many international friends it has, Hanoi's international freedom of maneuver will be tightly constrained by China.

March 10, 2023

The Analytical Obsession With ‘Factions’ in Vietnamese Politics

By Khang Vu
There is little evidence that the country’s political landscape is divided into “pro-Chinese” and “pro-American” camps.

February 28, 2023

Why Vietnam’s UN Abstention on Ukraine Was a Rational Move

By Khang Vu
The country’s domestic political structure emphasizes continuity in foreign policy, and changes its stance only when there is a clear benefit in doing so.

February 22, 2023

Land Before Water: Why Vietnam’s Grand Strategy is Fundamentally Continental

By Khang Vu
Despite limited past operations in littoral waters, the country's strategic attention has been overwhelmingly directed at land-based threats.
January 25, 2023

Why Vietnam’s Political Shake-Up Will Not Affect Its Foreign Policy

By Khang Vu
Two structural constraints, one international and one domestic, ensure a high degree of continuity in Hanoi's external relations.

December 16, 2022

How Vietnam Can Balance Against China, on Land and at Sea

By Khang Vu
Vietnam’s proximity to China and lack of strategic depth limit its options in forming security partnerships with other great powers.

November 17, 2022

Why the Current Stall in US-Vietnam Relations is Necessary for Vietnam’s Security

By Khang Vu
As has been the case for much of history, stable, manageable relations with China form the foundation of the country's foreign policy.

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.

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