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Analyses, Perspectives and Opinions

RLS Southeast Asia regularly publishes political analyses and working papers on current and relevant topics from the Mekong Region. Together with our partners, we shed light on different opinions and introduce perspectives on pressing social and ecological questions and challenges. The publications are categorized according to topics and countries and can be selected using the links below.

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 Vietnam

The Library

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Library is run by the ​Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Office in Southeast Asia, Hanoi Office (RLS SEA)​. The RLS SEA Library is an office-personal library of ​700 hundred political education books and materials​.

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 Political Analysis, Vietnam

[Vietnamese only] Some Outstanding Issues of Vietnam in the First Nine Months & Policy Recommendations

800 copies of the book “Some outstanding issues of Vietnam in the first 9 months, and policy recommendations” have been printed and distributed to all National Assembly Members, and other relevant agencies in October and November 2020. The book provides NA members with overall picture of Vietnam situation in the first 9 months of 2020, with critical analysis and assessments from different perspectives. Learning from Dr. Nguyen Van Hien, president of ILS, the book has received positive feedbacks from many National Assembly members. Mr. Luu Binh Nhuong, one of NA member said that it is a valuable reference resource for him and other NA members.

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 Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

The Relation Between Health Inequality And Low Health Utilization: The Case Of Vietnam

Vietnam is known for its remarkable economic and human development in the last 30 years. From one of the poorest nations in the world, the country successfully transformed to a lower-to-middle income country in 2010. Besides economic growth, Vietnam has also witnessed impressive human development as the country’s Human Development Index (HDI) value increased by 45.9 percent between 1990 and 2018 (UNDP, 2019). However, despite the huge and stable growth in the economy and human development, the country records low utilization of health services, especially among poor demographics. This study examines the impacts of health inequalities, political, economic, and social determinants on health utilization.

 

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 Social Justice, Vietnam

Sexual violence in Vietnam: Issue of the present but rooted from the past

Talking about sexual violence, in general, is always a sensitive and hard-to-say topic. That is especially true in Vietnam. Data about sexual abuse is poor and primarily from qualitative research. The most recent national survey on violence against women reported 13 percent of married women experienced sexual violence from their husbands. A study of 2000 women and girls in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city in 2015 shows that 87 percent of women and girls suffer from sexual harassment in public places.  Starting with an assumption that sexual abuse emerged as a product of socio-cultural and historical progress, we sat down with Dr. Khuat Thu Hong - an expert with 40-year experience in this field, to explore its root causes. The interview also examines the responses of different actors to sexuality-related conflicts and reveals obstacles to the absent widespread of the #Metoo debate in Vietnam.
 

 

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 Social Justice, Vietnam

Covid-19 as a Challenge to Vietnam’s Development Strategy: Effects on the Labour Force and Economic Growth

As an effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of Vietnamese workers are finding ways to deal with the difficulty of massive layoffs from manufacturers. The pandemic also reveals flaws in the argument in favour of the national economic strategy based on the advantage of a cheap labour force and outsourcing manufacturing.

 

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 Political Analysis, Social Justice, Vietnam

Participation in new-generation RTAs: How does it impact labour relations in Vietnam?

As a part of CPTPP and EVFTA, Vietnam shall be bound by the labour protection regulations provided by the above-mentioned chapters. What will be the legal impact of this situation on labour relations in Vietnam?

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 Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

Climate Change Impacts in The Mekong River Basin: Vulnerability and Political Response

Climate change is causing negative impacts on all countries and their production activities.  Mekong River basin is ranked as one of the most vulnerable regions under climate change. To adapt with climate change, Mekong countries have built their national policy strategies and action plans. In addition, some climate change response initiatives have been introduced and implemented at sub-regional level. This short paper reviews climate change impacts and responding policies of the Mekong countries.

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 Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

Ecosystem-based adaptation: Learning from participatory assessment in Viet Nam

Smallholder farmers in Huong Lam commune, Ha Tinh province, Viet Nam were surveyed to identify what ecosystems they depend on, what climate change impacts they face, and what Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) measures that are appropriate for the area.

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 Vietnam

Internationalism in Vietnam, Then and Now

True internationalism was first introduced and developed in Vietnam in the twentieth century through the revolutionary activities of Ho Chi Minh.

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