Global Politics Fall School 2017 in Vietnam tackles current challenges in the European Union and ASEAN and takes a glance towards their future
News from Nov 20, 2017
For this year’s Global Politics Fall School in Vietnam, 21 young Bachelor and Master students in the field of Political Science, International Relations and Media and Communication Studies from around the globe gathered to discuss one of the biggest challenges nations all over the world are currently facing: the rise of populism. The topic proved to be on the pulse of time as the different program components shed light on academic as well as political developments in the regions. Among the highlights: A panel discussion on populism and populist movements in Southeast Asia and Europe, a talk with German ambassador Christian Berger at the embassy of Germany in Hanoi, an overnight trip to Halong Bay and a city tour.
With the rise of populism all across the globe, the Center for Global Politics (CGP) decided to carry out this year’s fall school in Vietnam under the guiding theme “Global Populism: Is it Unstoppable? – Experiences from Asia and Europe”. The topic attracted 21 students from Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Italy and the Netherlands. With the help of Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Vietnam Office and our longstanding partners USSH/ VNU-Hanoi, Royal University of Phnom Penh and Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, CGP put together a thrilling program that included various modules on global populism, the current state of play of the EU and ASEAN as well as the role of media in (populist) societies.
The academic program also included a panel discussion on global populism. Chaired by Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers, the panel discussion invited Dr. Chaw Chaw Sein (Head of the IR department of the University of Yangon), Dr. Tran Viet Thai (lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam), Dr. Simon Leang (lecturer at the department of International Studies of Royal University of Phnom Penh) and Cosima Glahn (lecturer at the Institute for East-European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin) to jointly discuss concepts of populism and the rising “popularity of populism” in Europe and Southeast Asia. Each expert presented the political situation in their respective country and analyzed in how far populism is currently rising in the respective region. Due to the increasing interest in the topic, all experts agreed to put together a short publication summarizing the addressed topics and current state of play in their countries.
As the seasonal schools aim to put together an exciting academic as well as supporting program, the accompanying events included a welcome dinner at Manzi Gallery, a trip to Halong Bay, a talk with the German ambassador and a city tour. The highlight marked the overnight trip to Halong Bay, where all participants had the chance to continue the discussions in informal talks while enjoying UNESCO’s world heritage. This year’s program concluded with a module on Corporate Social Responsibility, a simulation game on the topic of “Populists in Power” and the certificate ceremony during the farewell dinner.
Please download this press release as pdf: PM-GPSS-Vietnam-201.pdf