Huge Fish Kill Tests Vietnam’s New Regime

The story broke in Vietnam's national press on April 20: shoals of dead fish were washing up on the beaches all along a 200 kilometer stretch of the central Vietnamese coast, as far south as Hue. Coastal fis...

Viet Stock Markets Start to Catch Up

Vietnam may be a star economic performer among the nations of Southeast Asia, but for stock market investors – foreign ones in particular – it has been an easy way to lose money. Could that be about to change? ...

Vietnam: Old Guard, New Tack

A bitter and unprecedentedly public contest for leadership of Vietnam's all-powerful Communist party ended in late January with two-term Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's forced retirement. The party's 12th Congress awarded the man Dung aimed to unseat, Ngu...

Leading Vietnam Blogger Draws Five-Year Sentence

The Hanoi People’s Court on March 23 sentenced prominent independent blogger Nguyễn Hữu Vinh, known also by his pen name Anh Ba Sam or “Brother Gossip,” to five years in prison for charges related to his work. ...

Viet Blogger Heads to Court

The Hanoi People's Court is expected to take up the case on Wednesday of perhaps Vietnam’s most influential independent blogger, Nguyễn Hữu Vinh (pen name Anh Ba Sam or “Brother Gossip” and his administrati...

Shortage of Women in Southeast Asian Politics

Of the 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting this week in the California with President Barack Obama, not a single one is a woman. Although across Southeast Asia leadership by women is not new given the region’s legacy of dyna...

Viet Political Transition a Nightmare for Dissidents

The takedown of Vietnam’s most prominent and dynamic politician provided political drama last month. It was a difficult and dangerous time for Vietnam’s community of pro-democracy activists. In a story firs...

Viet Party Conference Surprisingly Dumps Dung

Hanoi is festooned with giant posters this week.  They welcome the Communist Party’s Twelfth Congress with the usual perfervid phrases. Well, perhaps “the Entire Party, People and Army” do indeed “Compete to Record Achievements to Welcome the National Congress...