Dung Huynh

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.P. in public policy, National University of Singapore


Dung Huynh (pronounced "Yoong Win") is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. In 2018 he held a graduate research externship at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Huynh's research interests include Asian political economy, security and defense, foreign policy decision making, and the South China Sea disputes. At RAND, he has participated in diverse projects about security, defense and healthcare.  

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Huynh was a lecturer in public policy in the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (Fulbright University Vietnam) and a lecturer in management at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Vietnam. He previously worked for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Huynh has an M.P.P. from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and undergraduate degrees in international relations, economics, and telecommunication from schools in Vietnam.


English, Vietnamese


  • A typical communist style statue in the capital city of North Korea, photo by alexkuehni/Getty Images

    Searching for Signs of Doi Moi in North Korea

    President Trump's second summit with Kim Jong Un prompted voluminous commentary about whether Pyongyang might adopt the “Vietnam model” of economic reform and opening up, known as doi moi. Some version of doi moi is not impossible in North Korea, but it will likely be more difficult than it was in Vietnam and made all the more so by Kim's reluctance to risk losing absolute control.

    Aug 12, 2019 38 North

  • Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hold a bilateral meeting in Singapore, November 14, 2018

    Vietnam's Defense Policy of 'No' Quietly Saves Room for 'Yes'

    U.S.-China tensions are rising in the South China Sea. Washington should take solace in the fact that Vietnam's “Three Nos” policy actually offers significant breathing room for defense cooperation.

    Jan 21, 2019 The Diplomat