The Mekong: troubled waters in autocratic lands

• Editorial

The Mekong: troubled waters in autocratic lands

For the Mekong countries, including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, 2018 was a big year both domestically and regionally. Key developments from last year will inevitably continue to shape the politics of the region in 2019. In terms of domestic affairs, the most worrying trend is the consolidation of autocratic power in almost all […]

Time for Vietnam’s next generation of clean leaders to step up

• Editorial

Time for Vietnam’s next generation of clean leaders to step up

Last year marked the mid-point between Vietnam’s five yearly National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). The eighth plenum of the CPV Central Committee met in October to initiate planning for the 13th Congress in 2021. Five  sub-committees charged with drawing up Vietnam’s next socio-economic plan, amending party statutes, and vetting possible candidates […]

Pragmatic & risk-averse: little change expected under Nguyen Phu Trong (video)

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Vietnam’s top leadership positions, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the president, are traditionally held by two different people. This separation ceased to exist on October 23, 2018 when the National Assembly (NA) elected General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong as president, filling the vacancy created by the sudden death of […]

Vietnam Falls For Obama During Visit

Vietnam was in the international spotlight last week due to a three-day visit by US President Barack Obama. It was exciting to see the country I’ve lived in for over four years garner so much attention. Predictably much of the American reporting focused on the war the two countries fought over 40 years ago, but […]