September 25, 2017
Trinh Xuan Thanh: Corrupt Tycoon or Liberal Reformist?
By Bennett Murray
As Germany increases pressure over the alleged kidnapping of Thanh, his plight has raised little sympathy back home.
March 22, 2017
Will the Environment Be the Vietnam Government’s Downfall?
By David Hutt
Environmental protests are proving a tough challenge for the communist regime.
December 23, 2016
The Fault Lines in Vietnam's Next Political Struggle
By Zachary Abuza
Infighting ahead of the next mid-term Congress is already visible.
April 08, 2016
Interview: Vietnam's 'Other' Political Party
By Shawn W. Crispin
The Diplomat talks with the spokesman of Vietnam's most prominent unsanctioned political party about the country's politics.
January 28, 2016
Vietnam’s Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong Keeps His Post
By Shannon Tiezzi
After rumors of an intense leadership struggle, Vietnam's top leader will retain his post.
January 16, 2016
Who Will Lead Vietnam?
By Alexander L. Vuving
The country faces a particularly difficult choice.
November 13, 2015
How Will Vietnam's New Communist Princelings Shape the Country's Future?
By Hai Hong Nguyen
The ability of these rising stars to deliver will determine the durability of the regime.
July 06, 2015
Is Vietnam Pivoting Toward the United States?
By Carl Thayer
In an unprecedented move, the secretary-general of Vietnam's Communist Party will visit the United States.
June 13, 2015
Vietnam Muddles China's South China Sea Challenge
By Shawn W. Crispin
Politics is hampering Hanoi's ability to respond.
May 01, 2015
Vietnam: 40 Years Later
By Sebastian Strangio
Forty years after the war, it is the ideals of the former South Vietnam that appear ascendant.
September 05, 2014
Vietnam’s Envoy to China Reinforces Communist Unity
By Lucian T. H. Hsu
Vietnam’s Communist Party is concerned about its grip on power amid deteriorating regional relations.
February 09, 2013
Despite Crackdown on Dissent, Can Vietnam Reform?
Vietnam stands at a contradictory political crossroads. The line between activities deemed acceptable and illegal remains ill-defined.