NCGG sponsored a conference on The Politics of Economic Policy in the Developing World: South East Asia in Vietnam from March 16-26, 2018. The participants visited three cites, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Hanoi and Danang, Vietnam. The conference, hosted by Helen V. Milner (Princeton University) and Edmund Malesky (Duke University), is sponsored by the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. The conference brought together leading scholars from numerous academic institutions in the United States and Vietnam (Fulbright University), and also introduced attendees to major investors and economic decision makers in the country.
Our goal provided an opportunity for US scholars to participate in a cross-cultural, international academic exchange, as well develop professional ties with Vietnamese colleagues and peers. It will also gave participants an opportunity to experience --and analyze--some of Vietnam’s conundrums and paradoxes.
The conference and scheduled activities involved combinations of academic meetings about political science and economics, visits to government and business offices and officials, as well as time at local cultural sites. Their journey through Vietnam included visits to French colonial landmarks, Vietnamese War history museums and Cu Chi tunnels, the underground tunnel complex used by Viet Cong soldiers. Our conference was held in the beautiful seaside city of Danang at the world famous Furama resort. The experience was rigorous both intellectually and culturally.
Topics for the conference papers included (but was not limited to):
- Foreign investment and the developing world
- International trade, TPP, RCEP, and the politics of trade
- Labor rights and the politics of work in the developing world
- Intellectual property rights and development