Event Reports

KAS/Nguyet Ngo

National Policies and International Relations under Covid19 in Southeast Asia and Beyond

Book Review: "Times of Uncertainty..." which documents research papers on anti-Covid policies in Southeast Asia and other regions

On November 16, KAS Vietnam and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities co-organised a seminar introducing the book entitled National Policy and International Relations under the Covid 19 in Southeast Asia and Beyond. Apart from reviewing main content of the book which is to be published by German Publishing House Nomos Verlag, the seminar discussed the impacts of the pandemic on regional cooperation, ASEAN and multilateral institutions. The hybrid event attracted about 100 participants online and onsite.

Course Dissemination - Discourse Analysis

Interpreting Vietnam's Foreign Policy Conveyed in Speeches in the ASEAN and ASEAN related Summits through Lenses of Discourse Analysis

On November 5, in Ha Noi, in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Viet Nam, Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam held a seminar on the dissemination of a course titled “Interpreting Vietnam's Foreign Policy Conveyed in Speeches in the ASEAN and ASEAN related Summits through Lenses of Discourse Analysis”, a discourse analysis module in English pragmatics.

One Year Implementation of EVFTA- Impacts on Vietnamese Economy and Policy Formation

Launching workshop

On November 3 KAS Vietnam and VEPR co-organized the workshop on One Year Implementing EVFTA- Impact on Vietnamese Economy and Policy Formation.

Impacts of COVID-19 on the Global Supply Chains and Policy Implication for Vietnam

COVID-19 and the Global Supply Chains

Though the pandemic has seriously impacted the world and Việt Nam, it has accelerated the supply chain shift by diversifying, regionalizing the production chain and scaling up global value chains

The 10th Anniversary of Vietnam - Germany Strategic Partnership

A seminar has been co-held by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam-Germany Strategic Partnership (October 2011 – 2021). It provided a forum for Vietnam and Germany to look back on what they have achieved over the last 10 years, identify opportunities and challenges in the coming time for both sides to deepen their strategic ties, and make policy recommendations on bilateral cooperation, thus contributing to the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan for the 2022 – 2023 period. In his opening remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung said the establishment of the Vietnam-Germany Strategic Partnership marked a milestone in the two countries’ relations. After a decade, the two nations have made significant progress in many areas and there is still plenty of room for the bilateral ties to thrive further, he said. Economic cooperation has become a main pillar in the bilateral ties as Germany remains Vietnam’s top trade partner in the EU while Vietnam has evolved into Germany’s largest trade partner in Southeast Asia. They have also made various achievements in other major areas, such as education, cultural-social affairs and development cooperation. Germany has also donated nearly 3.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and tonnes of medical supplies to aid Vietnam’s COVID-19 fight, he said, noting that it demonstrates the growing friendship between the two countries

Chinese Investment in Southeast Asia: pattern and geopolitical significance

Southeast Asia’s growing economic linkages with China generate political opportunities and strategic concerns in equal measure. Recent discussions have tended to focus on infrastructure projects, especially those associated with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, to gauge their significance and impacts, such projects must be understood against the broader context of Chinese investments in Southeast Asia.

European National Innovation Systems: Trends, Policies and Challenges - Lessons learned for Vietnam

International Conference

In the context of a rapidly developing knowledge economy, National Innovation Systems (NIS) can play a crucial role in the economic growth of countries. European countries have paid special attention to promoting scientific and technological innovation, enhancing the combination of scientific and technological innovation with economic growth. At the same time, they proposed strategies and policies to promote the development of NIS. Vietnam’s NIS is in the process of being finalized, so there are still many limitations such as: the policies to promote technology development in Vietnam have not been given high priority, and they have not yet been integrated into the country’s industrial, investment and trade policies. Vietnam's industrial policy pays little attention to developing domestic technological capabilities as an indispensable factor in the industrialization process. The process of commercializing innovative products is not really effective, reducing the motivation for NIS development. Against this background, on 9 Sep 2021, experts from Việt Nam and Europe gathered at an online seminar to discuss the application of the National Innovation Systems (NIS) in Việt Nam, a new concept that could bring profound effects. The seminar was co-organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Vietnam Office and Institute for European Studies/VASS.

The 7th Ocean Dialogue

Emerging Maritime Issues from Legal Perspectives

The seventh dialogue with the theme of evaluating arising sea-related issues from the perspective of international law has recently been held virtually, drawing over 250 domestic and foreign experts, as well as delegates from foreign representative agencies in Hanoi and the media. The event was jointly organised by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the British Embassy in Vietnam and the Kondras Adenauer Stiftung Foundation (KAS).


China Talk 17

Over the last 5 years, KAS Vietnam has been supporting its partner – Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam organized the China Talk series, and this is now the 17th China Talk with the topic is “Priorities and outlook for China's foreign policy from present to the 20th Party Congress“. This topic was selected in the context that China's communist party is preparing for its 20th Party Congress at the end of the 2022 with multiple issues of interest related to the economy, the pandemic, the relation with the US and their partners… But there is also the question of Xi Jinping's leadership and the question of a possible succession. The main speaker for China talk 17 is Richard McGregor, senior fellow at the Lowy Institute, Australia. Richard McGregor is an award-winning journalist and author of many valuable publications. Richard is also known as an expert on China’s political system and the workings and structure of the communist party. The two commentators provided insightful comments over the topic are: 1. Mr. Ewan Lawson, former Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and 2. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Trung, Director, Centre for International Studies (SCIS), University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University ‐ Ho Chi Minh City. Moderator of the event is Dr Le Dinh Tinh, Director General, Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. For the first time, a China Talk has to run completely virtual. Still, it received more than hundred online participants. China Talk series is always one of the greatest joint activities between KAS Vietnam and Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and it showed that learning and understanding about China seems to be the never ending. The China Talk 18 is expected to be organized in October 2021.


5th German-Asian Business Dialogue

The Future Of The International Order Is Decided In Asia

German-Asian cooperation possesses abundant potential for maintaining the rules-based international order and keeping global trade routes open – requirements for both regions’ prosperity. Which challenges are governments and businesses in the Indo-Pacific and Germany facing under Covid-19? What lessons have been learned?

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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