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Distant Comrades? North Korea and Vietnam
Please join the National Committee on North Korea and the East-West Center in Washington for a North Korea in the World webinar on North Korea-Vietnam relations, featuring Mr. Khang X. Vu, doctoral candidate at Boston College.

This webinar will examine the broad arc of relations between North Korea and Vietnam, beginning with Pyongyang’s relations with Hanoi during Vietnam’s “American War” and the impact that Hanoi’s victory in that conflict had on North Korea. It will discuss the changing scope of the North Korea-Vietnam relationship in the post-Cold War era, and the relevance (or lack of relevance) of Vietnam’s Doi Moi reforms to North Korea. Finally, it will assess contemporary relations between the countries in light of contemporary geopolitics and the 2019 Hanoi summit meeting between the U.S. and North Korea.

This North Korea in the World webinar is the third in a series examining North Korea’s historical and contemporary relations with countries in the Global South. The North Korea in the World project is a joint initiative of the National Committee on North Korea and the East-West Center in Washington; the NorthKoreaInTheWorld.org website collects and curates information and data on North Korea’s external economic and diplomatic relations.

This seminar will be on-the-record and recorded on both Zoom and YouTube.

Jun 23, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Mr. Khang X. Vu
Doctoral Candidate, Political Science Department @Boston College
Khang X. Vu is a doctoral student in the Political Science Department at Boston College, where he focuses on East Asian politics and nuclear weapons. He is a regular contributor to the Lowy Institute's blog The Interpreter and has published on several outlets such as War on the Rocks, The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, The National Interest, among others. His webinar on Vietnam-North Korea relations is based on his forthcoming book chapter in an edited volume on Southeast Asia-North Korea relations. The volume, Southeast Asia-DPRK relations: Drivers, Linkages, and Strategic Ambivalence edited by Chiew-Ping Hoo, Shine Choi, and Brian Bridges, is set to be published by Routledge in 2021.
Ms. Esther S. Im
Program Officer @National Committee on North Korea
Esther S. Im is the Program Officer at the National Committee on North Korea. Previously, she was a Junior Fulbright Researcher in South Korea (2015-16) and a Researcher at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, where she covered sanctions, nonproliferation, and disarmament issues during South Korea's second term on the Security Council (2013-15). She has interned at the US-Korea Institute at SAIS, Wilson Center, and Council on Foreign Relations. Esther has a M.Sc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (MSFS) and a B.A. in International Relations-Political Science from Wellesley College.
Dr. Satu P. Limaye
Director @East-West Center in Washington
Satu P. 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 is the founding editor of 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 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.