I obtained my Ph. D. in economics from Syracuse University, New York USA in 2005. Between May 2005 and March 2008 I was working as a Consultant for the World Bank's Development Research Group, Washington D.C. USA. I also worked as a Lecturer in International Economics at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi from 1991 to 1999. Since 2008 I have been at the Department of Economics, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. My research interests include empirical international trade-related topics such as the gravity model, determinants of product specialization, the relationship between trade, development and poverty, the effects of terrorism on international trade in goods and services, the role of networks in international trade in goods and services, the role of military alliances in arm trade and the impact of China on world trade patterns. I am also interested in topics related to other Asian economies such as India, Japan, South Korea, ASEAN economies and Vietnam.