Dr Huong le Thu is the Deputy Director of Asia Program at the International Crisis Group. She is the author of two most recent essays in Foreign Affairs Magazine: "How to Survive a Great-Power Competition Southeast Asia’s Precarious Balancing Act", and "Hanoi Hanoi’s American Hedge: Why a New U.S. Partnership Is Unlikely to Change Vietnam’s Multialignment Strategy". She is a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Most recently she was a senior fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and a member of the advisory board of the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) at Griffith University. Her research interests include Vietnam’s defense and foreign policy, Southeast Asia’s security, ASEAN regionalism, and China-Southeast Asia relations. Dr. Le Thu has nearly two decades of experience working in academia and think tanks in Taiwan (National Chengchi University), Singapore (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute), and Australia (Australian National University and ASPI). She has held short-term visiting fellowships with the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat in Jakarta, and the Korean Military Advisory Group in Seoul, among others.