International Cooperation in a Troubled World. Vietnam – Russia Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

On February 25-26, 2019, Ho Chi Minh City will host a Vietnam – Russia Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club in partnership with Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), titled “International Cooperation in a Troubled World”.

Having established successful intellectual dialogue across the world and in Asia, in particular, the Club is expanding its list of international partners, which has so far included institutions from China, India, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and other countries.

The choice of Vietnam as the conference venue is consistent with the Valdai Club’s central area of research in 2019, which is the East in the broader sense. In addition, 2019 has been declared Bilateral Year of Russia and Vietnam.

The relations between Moscow and Hanoi are transforming into a new quality as Russia is making a comeback to Vietnam on a mutually beneficial basis. Vietnam is a key actor in Southeast Asia in military-political and economic terms and modern Russia needs to boost dialogue with it.

The two countries’ leading experts are to address the following issues:

  • What are the peculiarities and coincidences of interests of Russia and Vietnam as actors in the security sphere in Southeast Asia? How can the two countries respond to heavy-handed actions of the United States on the world arena and assertive foreign policy of some countries of the region?
  • The multilateral forums and the future of Asia-Pacific: SCO, ASEAN, EAS – the benefits of cooperation. What are the interim results of the EAEU – Vietnam FTA?

  • The bilateral track. What is the state of cooperation now, in the context of sanctions and trade wars? What are we to expect in the years to come?

The Valdai Club conference is co-organized by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, an educational and research centre under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, known as one of the most influential analytical centres in Asia-Pacific.