Vietnam

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Vietnam: Open Secrets on the Road to Succession

The normally opaque Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has made a public splash with its recently concluded 10thCentral Committee plenum. The stakes are high and carry implications not only for...
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Vietnam Expects Intense Political Year in 2015

Vietnam begins 2015 on a fairly sound economic footing. The national economy has largely recovered from Hanoi’s ill-advised efforts to mitigate the impact of the 2009 Great Recession. That sobering experience e...
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The Significance of the US-VN Arms Deal

The US’s partial suspension of its decades-old ban on weapons sales to Vietnam on Oct. 2 was one of the most significant steps in improving relations between the two former enemies since they normalized diploma...
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The Rising Tide of Change in Vietnam

US Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski did not mince words when he urged Vietnam to improve on human rights at the end of his five-day tour of the country late last week. It may or may not have been ...
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US-Viet Weapons Deal: No Room for Human Rights

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh can return to Hanoi content, if not delighted. His meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, D.C., concluded late last week with the announcement that ...
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US and Vietnam to Discuss Curbing China’s Sea Claims

When Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet in early October, China's aggressive behavior in the waters of Southeast Asia will top their agenda. In the months leadi...
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The US, Vietnam and Shifting Alliances in Asia

The budding alliance between Russia and China may be redrawing old battles. The Soviet Union has long since collapsed, China has jettisoned much of its communist ideology, and the Soviet–Sino split has been rel...
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Vietnam Quickly Shutters ‘Land Reform’ Exhibit

In Hanoi this week, a short-lived exhibition at Vietnam's National History Museum, Land Reform 1946-57, triggered a national moment to relive a long-ago trauma. On September 5, the Ministry of Culture, Touri...
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Will the US Arm Vietnam?

In a recent bipartisan press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, Republican US Sen. John McCain, joined by Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat, expressed it best when he remarked how a partnership built on shared values i...
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Standing Up to China on the South China Sea

Last weekend’s Association of Southeast Asian States meeting in Naypyidaw in Myanmar has shown once again the impotence of the 47-year-old organization when it comes to defending the interests of concerned memb...