An article co-written by Thang Nguyen, a member of the Hobart Class of 1998, with Frank-Jürgen Richter was published in the Dec. 27 Hong Kong South China Morning Post.Titled “Forging A Lasting Peace – Indonesia needs international support to make the accord work,” the article addresses the hope for peace in Indonesia following the signing of the landmark peace accord between the Indonesian government and rebels from Aceh to end the 26-year conflict. The two write, “it is in Indonesia's best interests not to let Aceh go because, like East Timor, an independent Aceh could have a domino effect in other provinces. … It is also in the best interests of other Asian countries that Indonesia remain intact. The reason is simply that if Indonesia – the world's largest archipelago, fourth most populous country and largest Muslim community – separates into unstable pieces, the region will become unstable, too. For that reason, political leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations – of which Indonesia is a key member – should support President Megawati Sukarnoputri and her government in worthwhile efforts like the Aceh peace accord.”
Thang is the regional manager for Asia at the World Economic Forum, and was a member of the World Economic Forum's program team that developed and launched the East Asia Economic Summit 2002 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 6 to 8. Thang holds a B.A. (with honors) in American studies from Hobart College, and a M.A. in international relations and economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.