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Prof Carlyle Thayer
Fax: +61 2 6161 1849
Address: P.O. Box 435, Jamison Centre, ACT 2614 Australia
Carlyle A. Thayer is a political scientist who has specialized in domestic Vietnamese politics for over four decades. His research and publications have focused primarily on leadership and decision-making in the Vietnam Communist Party, the functions of the National Assembly, and the domestic role of the Vietnamese military. He has written about Vietnamese boat people and the treatment of the ethnic Chinese (or Hoa) minority in the 1970s. Since 1991, Thayer's research and publications have focused on the emergence of civil society, political dissent, pro-democracy activism, political networking and the role of the Internet, religious freedom, Catholic Church-state land disputes, and the role of the state security apparatus in repressing these groups. In 2001 Thayer testified before the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; he regularly briefs Australian parliamentary delegations prior to visiting Vietnam.
Dr Tuong Vu
Email: thvuuoregon [dot] edu
Tuong Vu (PhD, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon, and co-editor in chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. He has published several books and articles on Vietnam. Originally from Vietnam, Vu has served as a court expert on contemporary Vietnamese politics, laws, economy, and society.
Dr Zachary Abuza
Email : zachary [dot] abuzagmail [dot] com
Dr. Zachary Abuza is a Professor at the National War College, in Washington, DC, where he focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights. He has just completed a manuscript, a comparative analysis of the peace processes in Aceh, Mindanao and southern Thailand, to be published in September 2016 by Rowman Littlefield. In 2015, he authored a major study on the media and civil society development in Vietnam for the National Endowment for Democracy. He is the author of six books, five monographs and numerous articles and book chapters on politics and security issues in Southeast Asia.
Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.
Email: jkurlantzickcfr [dot] org
Joshua Kurlantzick is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he studies Asian politics, rights, and economics. He also has done extensive work on asylum cases for nationals from Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, China, Indonesia, and other Northeast, Southeast and South Asian nations. His work has included analyses of the political environment, judiciary, and state of political and civil rights in many South, Southeast, and Northeast Asian countries, as well as assessments of criminal syndicates and trafficking in these states. He has worked with more than ten U.K. firms and multiple U.S. firms on nearly thirty asylum cases. He is the author of five books on Southeast Asian politics, institutions, rights, and economics. Kurlantzick also has been a Visiting Scholar in the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Columnist for Time, a Special Correspondent for The New Republic, an Asian Correspondent for The Economist, and a Contributing Writer for Mother Jones, among other positions. He has twenty years of experience covering events in Asia, and writing about rights issues in Asia, for a range of periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, the London Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, The Washington Quarterly, and Foreign Policy, among others.
More information is available at: https://www.cfr.org/experts/joshua-kurlantzick