SEAREG was established in 2013 to establish a network of scholars in political science and allied disciplines who are working at the forefront of Southeast Asian studies. In light of this goal, in 2017, a parallel meeting is being held for the first time in Southeast Asia to broaden the organization’s geographic reach and enable scholars based in the region to become more actively involved in the network. The first SEAREG-East meeting will be from December 12-14, 2017, and is hosted by the School of Public Policy and Management at Fulbright University in Ho Chi Minh City (232 Võ Thị Sáu, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam). This meeting is made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Register here to attend SEAREG-East 2017.
Download the meeting agenda.
Five SEAREG Fellows will present their working papers over the course of the meeting. Reading copies will be available for download beginning in early November.
- Walid Abdullah: “Bringing Politics In: Islam and the State in Southern Thailand”
- Colm Fox: “Playing the ethnic card? How ethnic diversity reduces ethnic politicization“
- Kai-ping Huang: “Still a tale of two democracies: How Different Perceptions of Democracy Undermine Consolidation in Thailand”
- Sol Iglesias: “Central-Local dynamics and political violence in the Philippines“
- Lê Việt Phú: “Electricity Price, Residential Electricity Demand, and Renewable Energy Development Policies in Vietnam”
The nearest airport is Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (code SGN). A local taxi from the airport to SPPM should be around $7-$10 (150,000-230,000 VND). You can go out to the taxi line in front of the airport, show your address to the helper, and wait for a cab. (Do not go with one of the roaming taxi solicitors inside or outside the airport!! They are always more expensive.) Expert tip: if you want to assure the best, fairest ride, go with Mai Linh Taxi — they are recognizable, because they are bright green. Alternatively, you can use Uber or Grab. Be cautious and use common sense — watch out for people impersonating Uber drivers or taxi drivers and dispatchers.
For mobile phones, you can check the compatibility of your device for use with a local SIM card prior to arrival. Wi-fi is reportedly ubiquitous around Ho Chi Minh City. If you plan to purchase a local SIM card, be aware you will need to show your passport to register the card. Also make sure to purchase only from an official carrier (Mobifone, Viettel, Vinaphone, or Vietnamobile). Viettel and Vinaphone have the largest networks and most customers. Tourist-friendly packages with data-only and data+phone are available, depending on the provider.
Hotels near SPPM offer an array of prices and amenities. Some options include: SILA Urban Living (21 Ngô Thời Nhiệm, phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000); New Pacific Hotel (9 Kỳ Đồng, phường 9, Hồ Chí Minh); Êmm Hotel Saigon (157 Pasteur, phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh); and Cosmopolitan Hotel (191 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, phường 7, Quận 3, phường 7, Hồ Chí Minh). AirBnB also has listings in varying proximity to SPPM.
**Visas to Vietnam**
Citizens of Brunei, Cambodia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Kingdom using an ordinary (non-diplomatic) passport should not need a visa to enter Vietnam once for visits of up to 14 days (may be longer in some cases). Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visa website for the most current information. For citizens of all other countries, if you arrive in Vietnam without an appropriate visa or pre-approval for a visa on arrival, you will be denied entry. In all cases, your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay and must have at least one blank visa page.
Important: In February 2017, Vietnam launched a pilot e-visa program for citizens of 40 countries, including the United States (unfortunately, Canada is not one of the countries included in this program at this time). The program uses an online application process to issue 30-day, single-entry visas for $25, payable via bank transfer. E-visa holders may enter and exit Vietnam through 28 designated international border gates, including all international airports. The correct (official) Vietnamese government website for e-visas is https://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn.
For SEAREG-East attendees based in the U.S. or Canada, Vietnamese embassies in Washington (DC) and Ottawa (ON) as well as Vietnamese consulates in Houston (TX), New York (NY), San Francisco (CA), and Vancouver (BC) can also issue traditional visa stickers (application and instructions). Note: visa sticker fees seem to be somewhat variable, so contact each consulate and embassy to request/confirm pricing information.
SEAREG’s sixth annual meeting will be held from May 31-June 2, 2018 and hosted by Georgetown University. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.