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Conference explores challenges facing Vietnam

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2008, various times 219 Burr Hall

Scholars and diplomats from Vietnam will join Princeton scholars for a conference exploring the economic and social challenges facing that country on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, in 219 Burr Hall.

Titled "Vietnam and East Asia in a Globalized Context," the event will feature panel discussions on the country's fiscal needs and the challenges it faces in civil governance, health and education.

The conference will include a dinner keynote address by 2008 Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton and a columnist for The New York Times, on "The Economic Consequences of Globalization" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Shultz Dining Room, Robertson Hall.

Representatives from the Institute of Development Studies in Hanoi, the Hanoi School of Public Health and Vietnam National University will be among the conference speakers. Princeton participants will include Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Katherine Newman, director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS); and Thomas Christensen, a professor of politics and public and international affairs who recently served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

The conference will begin Oct. 17 with a 9 a.m. welcome by President Shirley M. Tilghman and conclude with Krugman's address. On Oct. 18, it will begin with 8:15 a.m. breakfast remarks by Christensen and conclude with a 12:45 p.m. luncheon address on the "Impact of Globalization on Vietnam" by Ton nu thi Ninh of Tri Viet University.

The event is sponsored by PIIRS, the Wilson School, the Department of East Asian Studies, the Economics College of National Vietnam University, the Pacific Century Institute and the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required for meals. To register, contact Beate Witzler.

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