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Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.



China Talk 17



Awarding Ceremony and hand-over to the KAS Country Representative Peter Girke


International Conference



International Workshop

ASEAN and The Rules Based Regional Order in the Making


Ocean Dialogue "Sustainable Maritime Development: Sharing Vietnam and EU's Perspectives"

The Ocean Dialogue "Sustainable Maritime Development: Sharing Vietnam and EU's Perspective" will be co-hosted by KAS Vietnam, Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam and Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam on 18th and 19th August 2020 at Melia Hotel, Hanoi. Government Officers, Diplomats and Experts of Vietnam and EU will be gathering both via virtual and on-site meeting to discuss on cooperation in maritime areas, especially cooperation on maritime specific-issues such as ocean governance, sustainable blue economy, marine scientific research or maritime spatial planning.


Land acquisition for socio-economic projects to be discussed

The Commission of People’s Petition, under the National Assembly Committee, and KAS Vietnam will organize two conferences on settling complaints of land acquisition in Can Tho and Da Nang cities late July. High on the agenda will be the roles and responsibilities of elected bodies and Members of Parliament in approving land acquisition and supervising the settlement of complaint and denunciation of people.

Expert talk

Independent Assessment of Vietnam's Macro Economic Performance in Quarter II 2020

The report is made by VEPR under KAS Vietnam's support

At the seminar, Dr. Pham The Anh will present the VEPR's economic report which will be followed by comments of Dr. Nguyen Tri Hieu, Dr. Nguyen Khac Quoc Bao and Dr. Can Van Luc. The discussion session will be moderated by Dr. Nguyen Duc Thanh, former VEPR's President

Expert talk

Provincial Open Budget Index 2019 to be launched

The Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research will launch its Provincial Open Budget Index 2019 on July 8th in Hanoi. The survey was carried out in 63 cities and provinces to find out which city/province is the most transparent in public finance management. The event is for policy makers, researchers and the media.


UNSC Simulation Games

KAS in collaboration with Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and CRISP had organized an UNSC Simulation Games for students. The simulation deals with the debate around the prolongation of the mandate for the UN Peacekeeping mission MINUSMA in Mali. Since its inception in 2013 the mandate has been prolonged on a yearly base with the current mandate ending on 30.06.2020. The participants took over the role of diplomatic representatives of the current UNSC member states and negotiated the conditions for a possible prolongation of the mission.


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?

Photo KAS Vietnam : Candidates and judges of the Student Contest

Innovation for Networked Security Policy - A Competition for Undergraduate Students

The competition to find out solution for food insecurity and climate change

The competition “Innovation for Networked Security Policy -Coping with Food Insecurity and Climate Change", co-organised by KAS and University of Social Sciences and Humanities attrated

The 15th China Talk

Understanding China’s Role in Contemporary Southeast Asia

In the Southeast Asian region, China, on the one hand, is the largest trading partner for most Asean countries. However, on the other hand, China is considered as the biggest challenge for ASEAN countries in relation to security, including but not limited to the South China Sea’s disputes, Mekong water’s sources, etc… China’s assertiveness affected not only ASEAN countries, but also peace and stability in the entire region. This Covid time again proves the dependence of the world to China, from foods, medicines to Chinese tourists, raw materials, etc… Southeast Asian countries are among top affected since China is their biggest export market as well as the raw material importing. In other words, Southeast Asian countries are in the horns of a dilemma: they want to have bigger voice against China in security related issues but while still rely too much on China economically. The topic made by Prof. Hiebert was captured from his latest book published in August 2020 - Under Beijing's Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge – which provides a snapshot of ten countries in Southeast Asia by exploring their diverse experiences with China and how this impacts their perceptions of Beijing’s actions and its long-term political, economic, military, and “soft power” goals in the region. Commentators from the talk also shared the view by determining that it is impossible to have a general theoretical framework [in relation with China] that apply for all ASEAN countries since they are very diverse. Loving and hating are in parallel and that national interest of each country will drive their strategy toward China./.

The 12th General Conference of The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP)

The 12th General Conference of The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) was held in Hanoi. More than 200 participants including but not limited to global think-tanks, scholars, diplomats and officials from regional countries were gathered for two-day conference, from 5th to 6th December, to discuss the emerging security issues the region is facing. "The 12th CSCAP General Conference is not only important but also very timely as and when international relations in the region have become more fast-changing, complicated, and unstable. We witness the efforts at transforming the regional security landscape from the Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific. The region has now become the world’s most dynamic region and is home to many of the biggest economies. At the same time, nowhere else in the world can we witness a greater level of major powers’ presence and engagements than in our region. The current competitive nature of major powers’ relations gives rise to many security implications that, I think, have not been fully fathomed" said by H.E Vice Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. The two day conference went well over six topical sessions which received high attention. Most of the participants showed their high appreciation and sincere thank to the hosting country, Vietnam, for very good arrangements and the successful organisation of this important event. KAS Vietnam was proud of being the co-organiser in collaboration with its partner - the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

Visit from Dr. Fischer-Bollin from KAS Headquarters Berlin

During the last week, we had the pleasure to receive a visitor from our KAS headquarters in Berlin. Dr. Fischer-Bollin, Deputy Head of KAS Department for European and International Cooperation met several representatives of our partner organisations and got further insights into the work of our office in Vietnam. For instance, our delegation had appointments at the Central Economic Commission, the Ministry of Justice, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the National Assembly. Within the meetings, we discussed current developments and challenges in politics as well as opportunities for cooperation in the future. Thank you for your visit!

Launching Seminar of Research on Social Market Economy & Lessons for Vietnam

On November, 21st KAS Vietnam co-hosted the launching seminar of a VEPR study on German Social Market Economy and the lessons for Vietnam. The Social Market Economy has been implemented in the late 1940s under the former chancellor Konrad Adenauer and is seen as one of the causes that lead to the so-called "Wirtschaftswunder" (=German Economic Miracle) after the second world war in Germany. The researchers Assoc. Prof Nguyen Duc Thanh and MA. Nguyen Thi Hoa presented the study's results and gave insights into similarities and differences between the German and Vietnamese systems. Further, the report was commented on by high-ranking scholars. Special focus was placed on the aspects education and environmental implications. The final part of the event consisted of a Q&A session with the distinguished experts. "This research discusses opportunities for Vietnam to learn from the German experiences with Social Market Economy. One has to be very careful: to transfer or copy policies from one context or country to another rarely works. BUT: there might be elements that could suit the Vietnamese economy more than others. This is what the study is looking at in its recommendations.", Peter Girke commented. Thank you for the successful collaboration in 2019 to VEPR! We are looking forward to the upcoming projects in the next year.

14th China Talk in Cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Indo-Pacific's Geopolitical Chessboard: China’s Changing Relationship with the U.S. and Its Larger Implications

On November 13th, we co-hosted the 14th China Talk on "Indo-Pacific's Geopolitical Chessboard: China’s Changing Relationship with the U.S. and Its Larger Implications" together with our partner DAV. The event consisted of a presentation by Professor Brahma Chellaney from the Centre for Policy Research in India as well as comments by Ambassador Nguyen Duy Hung and Dr. Do Thanh Hai followed by an open discussion on the introduced issues. During the event, the policies and strategies by China and the U.S. in this area and the impacts of the U.S.-China competition over regional politics have been addressed. Also, the discussion aimed to understand geopolitical change in the region. "The United States have shown a higher level of activism in the Indo-Pacific. Responding to China’s expanding geopolitical as well as geo-economic influence, the U.S. is adopting the Indo-Pacific concept, working out a strategy to contain and counter China’s maneuvering in the region. The competition between the U.S. and China will clearly be the most important factor shaping regional security environment in the years to come.", said Mr. Peter Girke at the event. The event was well attended by more than 60 participants who are scholars and diplomats of both Vietnam and foreign countries such as Norway, Russia, the U.S., Spain, Germany...

Final Session of Diplomatic Game at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

On last Sunday, the final session of the Diplomacy Game took place at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV). The participants shared their strategies and views on their allies and enemies within the game retrospectively. The Diplomacy Game is a strategic simulation of international politics in Europe playing in the early 20th century for DAV students. The students worked on their tactical positioning as European power for almost three months. This simulation is not only aimed at building up knowledge on international relations but also to strengthen their competencies in team work, strategical thinking and diplomatic skills. Apart from the winning teams, the best strategist, best negotiator and the best media reporter have been awarded. Congratulations to the winners of the game and thank you to all participants!

Reviewing 2019 and Outlook for 2020

On the occasion of our annual Partners' Meeting, we came together with representatives of our partner organisations in Vietnam. Our programme included the review of activities and collaboration in 2019 as well as the planning of the next year. Further, we used the opportunity to exchange experiences with innovative project formats and to strengthen our network. From KAS' perspective, our work has included a wide spectrum of topics and methodological approaches in 2019. We were able to work with 10 partner organisations and supported 42 projects in this year. For 2020, we intend to intensify our diverse portfolio and operate more flexibly according to current topics. We are very thankful for the fruitful cooperation in 2019 and are looking forward to the upcoming projects.

Presentation of the Quarterly Macro-Economic Report 3/2019

The Quarterly Economic Report 3/2019, an independent assessment of Vietnam’s macro-economic performance, was released yesterday by the Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) with the support of KAS Vietnam. 50 reporters of local newspapers and televisions were attending the launching workshop. In the first part of the workshop, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham The Anh, chief economist of VEPR, presented the report highlighting the growth rate of 7.31 % in the 3rd quarter despite the slowing down growth rates in many countries. FDI enterprises remain the main contributors to the growth. It’s noticeable that there were 35,316 newly registered enterprises in Q3, a year-over-year increase of 37%, while the number of businesses suspending operation decreased remarkably. Further, Dr. Le Dang Doanh, former President of the Central Institute of Economic Management, Dr. Can Van Luc, chief economist of Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quoc Bao, University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City commented on the report. Dr. Doanh suggested that the report should also include analyses of the health of Vietnam’s banking system, measures to promote SOE equitisation, public investment and digital economics. The VEPR was also recommended to clarify the motivation of the country’s economic growth in the context of low public investment, low credit growth, the slow down of the world economy. In the second part of the event, the participants had the opportunity to interview the commentators.