[Webcast] Distant Comrades? North Korea and Vietnam

National Committee on North Korea & East-West Center in Washington


June 23, 2021, 12:00 pm EDT to 12:45 pm EDT

The National Committee on North Korea and East-West Center in Washington invite you to the
North Korea in the World Webinar Series:

 Distant Comrades? North Korea and Vietnam


Mr. Khang X. Vu
Doctoral Candidate, Political Science Department,
Boston College

Ms. Esther S. Im (Moderator)
Program Officer,
National Committee on North Korea

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Opening Remarks)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi, March 2019. Photo via KCNA.

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.

To RSVP, please click here: www.eastwestcenter.org/ZfU

This seminar will take place entirely on Zoom via its Webinar platform. This seminar will be on-the-record, recorded on Zoom, and live streamed to YouTube for sharing afterwards.



Upon registering for this webinar, you will then receive a confirmation email. If you do not, please check your Spam folder. If you still do not see the email within 24 hours or have other questions please email Mrs. Sarah Wang at [email protected]. The confirmation email will provide you with a unique link to join the seminar. Do not share this with anyone else.

As an Attendee in a Zoom Webinar, your microphone will be muted and video turned off from the start of the presentation to cut down on noise interference and to maintain security. Webinar attendees will be welcome to ask questions via the Q&A box throughout the discussion.

NOTE: If you are planning to watch the seminar via the YouTube livestream or call in on a phone without smart capabilities, you will not be able to participate in the Q&A session. Should you watch on YouTube, YouTube comments will be disabled. If you have a question, please email Mrs. Sarah Wang at [email protected].


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. 

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.

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. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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