Vietnam

Is Vietnam on the cusp of change?

Four successive party congresses have just kicked the ball down the road. They’ve redistributed positions mainly with a view to preserving factional balance. The leadership has been left deadlocked on core is...

Laos’s Threat to the Mekong River

In the Mekong River’s 4,800 km journey from the snow-capped mountains of Tibet to Vietnam delta, the Sipandon area in southern Laos stands out as a critical part of the river‘s ecosystem, blessed by raging wa...

Vietnam Heads for Paris with Dirty Hands

Vietnam belongs to the sad club of countries whose small carbon footprints offer no protection against bleak climate futures. Only the low-lying Netherlands—a country with a GDP five times Vietnam's—stands to...
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Can Vietnam Get What it Wants Without Reform?

The visit by Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, to the White House on July 7 might very well signal another new chapter in the US–Vietnam relations. It is certainly the first...
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Opinion: The US-Vietnam Relationship – 20 Years Later

US President Barack Obama earlier this month met with Vietnam’s Communist Party general secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong, a rare occurrence for the president to meet with a mere party leader. But the encounter is em...
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Viet Market Looking Good

Amid all the angst about so-called emerging markets over static exports, falling commodity prices, a rising dollar and the threat of higher interest rates on dollar debt one Asian country has gone largely unnot...
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Crashed and Burnt?

After seven years of bargaining, the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact was seemingly within reach, only to become the latest casualty of the American government's crippling dysfunction. This ...
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The Human Cost of the TPP in Vietnam

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed omnibus trade pact that covers 12 nations on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, is not without critics, and, to be sure, there have been many. In the United States, t...
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Vietnam strikes out at labor disputes

In January, the Vietnamese government issued a decree on the implementation guidelines of its Labor Code, stipulating a long bureaucratic process for strike settlement. Though the numbers of strikes nationwide ...