Phan Xuan Dung

Graduate Research Assistant, RSIS

Phan Xuan Dung is a graduate research assistant at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. He is also a member of the US-Vietnam Next-Generation Leaders Initiative at the Pacific Forum.

A view of the Mekong river bordering Thailand and Laos is seen from the Thai side in Nong Khai, Thailand, 29 October 2019. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Role of Vietnam in Mekong: A middle power in another US-China geopolitical battleground

Hanoi is applying its South China Sea playbook to the Mekong. It is putting effort into enmeshing all stakeholders while carefully balancing relationships with major powers interested in the Mekong. What does this mean for Southeast Asia and the region's relationship with China and the US? RSIS graduate research assistant Phan Xuan Dung examines how Vietnam can make a difference.