Vietnam’s Communist Chief Is No Xi Jinping
November 16, 2018
Misguided comparisons rest on a fundamental misunderstanding of the capabilities and limits of the Vietnamese Communist Party chief.

Why Did Vietnam Suspend a Popular Newspaper?
July 26, 2018
A closer look at the reasoning behind a move that has sparked headlines.

Why Is Repression Rising in Vietnam?
June 28, 2019
A deeper look at a worsening trend.

Why Vietnam is quitting Facebook
(July 23, 2018 – The Asia Times)
Activists, dissidents and writers are gravitating to other social media platforms as Facebook appears to acquiesce to government censorship demands

Vietnam dodges a diplomatic bullet with America
(July 20, 2018 – The Asia Times)
Court-ordered deportation of US citizen William Anh Nguyen, held for over a month on security charges, shows Hanoi’s repression has strategic limits

In nod to North Korea, Pompeo praises Vietnam
(July 9, 2018 – The Asia Times)
Top US diplomat reportedly failed to mention rights or democracy during visit to Hanoi, a signal meant for Pyongyang’s consumption

Repression Rising in Vietnam
June 22, 2018
The ruling party continues to adopt a tougher approach to dissent internally even in cases involving its important external partners.


Who will pay Vietnam’s rising tax bill?
(February 7, 2018 – The Asia Times)
Communist Party grapples with how to raise state revenues without stoking perceptions it taxes the poor more than the rich


The drive to recentralize Vietnam
(December 31, 2017 – The Asia Times)
The Communist Party is reasserting central command in a reversal of the doi moi reforms that allowed for free markets and limited local democracy

Drinking in Hanoi: Alcohol and Politics in Vietnam
(December 27, 2017 – The Diplomat)
A very short history of alcohol and politics in Vietnam.

How deep is Vietnam’s rot?
(December 5, 2017 – The Asia Times)
An anti-corruption drive aims to burnish the Communist Party’s image, settle political scores and attract foreign investors

The Vietnam Trump refuses to see
(November 10, 2017 – The Asia Times)
While the US leader is expected to focus on economics and eschew rights and democracy at meetings with communist leaders, the reality is the issues are fast converging

Nguyen Phu Trong: The Elitist
(November 09, 2017 – New Mandala)
Putting Vietnam’s apparatchik-in-chief in his historical context.

Down and out in Vietnam
(November 04, 2017 – The Asia Times)
Depression, suicide and alcoholism are all on the rise as urbanization, job competition and failed expectations take a collective toll on the nation’s mental health

Will Vietnam Grow Old Before it Gets Rich?
(October 02, 2017 – The Diplomat)
A closer look at the country’s aging population and what that means.

Vietnam grapples with a wild and wooly web
(October 03, 2017 – The Asia Times)
Social media use has exploded in the communist nation, breaking the regime’s control of news and placing it on a counter cyber-offensive

A purge too far in Vietnam?
(September 21, 2017 – The Asia Times)
Communist Party head Nguyen Phu Trong’s anti-graft drive has unsettled the country’s usually sedate one-party politics and exposed deep rot in the opaque banking system

Green resistance mounts in communist Vietnam
(September 10, 2017 – The Asia Times)
Environmental causes have unified Vietnamese social activists across geography, class and ideals, a politically potent convergence the ruling Communist Party is struggling to stop

Nameless, faceless leadership for Ho Chi Minh City
(August 13, 2017 – The Asia Times)
The rise of Nguyen Thien Nhan, an unexceptional apparatchik, to lead Vietnam’s economic and financial hub points to unresolved intra-party divisions and a return to more passive governance

Vietnam’s anti-graft drive more politics than reform
(August 03, 2017 – The Asia Times)
While Communist Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong has vowed to purge corrupt officials, his campaign more clearly aims to consolidate his own power

Kidnapping makes Vietnam persona non grata in Germany
(August 3, 2017 – Asia Times)
Vietnam’s abduction of one of its nationals in Berlin could upend a pending EU-Vietnam free trade pact and underlines pro-China versus pro-West factionalism in the ruling Communist Party

With TPP’s demise, Vietnam looks to Europe for free trade
(July 23, 2017 – Asia Times)
Hanoi hopes the early implementation of a European Union trade pact will accelerate growth, attract investment and hedge its economic reliance on China

Taxation desperation in Vietnam
(July 23, 2017 – Asia Times)
Will Hanoi’s drive to collect more taxes alienate foreign investors and squeeze the life out of its economy?

Insufficient funds in Vietnam
(July 21, 2017 – Asia Times)
It’s unclear where the communist nation will find the estimated US$480 billion in infrastructure it needs to sustain near-term fast growth

COLUMN: What’s Behind Vietnam’s Rising Violence?
(June 22, 2017 – The Diplomat)
The rise of physical violence committed against activists is a troubling trend

Trump-Phuc rekindle US-Vietnam warming trend
(June 01, 2017 – Asia Times)
Vietnamese leader Nguyen Xuan Phuc appeared to win over his US counterpart with deals and offers to narrow the two sides’ yawning trade imbalance

Vietnam seeks preferential Trump treatment
(April 10, 2017 – Asia Times)
While the Southeast Asian nation seems a likely target for new US trade sanctions, recent revelations indicate a special deal could be on the cards

COLUMN: Will the Environment Be the Vietnam Government’s Downfall?
(March 22, 2017 – The Diplomat)
Environmental protests are proving a tough challenge for the communist regime.

An uncertain anniversary in Vietnam
(February 03, 2017 – Asia Times)
As Vietnam commemorates the 87th anniversary of its ruling Communist Party, factional infighting and economic pressures are testing its power monopoly



Vietnam’s autumn
(February 16, 2016 – New Internationalist)
Capitalism and profiteering are allowed but democracy and freedom are noticeably absent

Green is the new red
(April 3, 2015 – Southeast Asia Globe)
As Vietnam commemorates the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, there are accusations that the Communist party has lost its ideals and that it could be time for a radical overhaul


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