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What Vietnam Needs from America: Lessons from a Past Alliance

What Vietnam Needs from America: Lessons from a Past Alliance

By Khang Vu
What Hanoi needs from its relationship with Washington depends overwhelmingly on the state of China-Vietnam relations.
Is a US-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Likely to Happen Soon?

Is a US-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Likely to Happen Soon?

By Huynh Tam Sang and Vo Thi Thuy An
Despite auspicious diplomatic recent developments, an upgrade of the bilateral relationship remains unlikely, at least for now.

The China Factor in Vietnam’s Multidirectional Foreign Policy

The China Factor in Vietnam’s Multidirectional Foreign Policy

By Khang Vu
No matter how many international friends it has, Hanoi's international freedom of maneuver will be tightly constrained by China.

Vietnamese Blogger Reportedly Kidnapped in Bangkok

Vietnamese Blogger Reportedly Kidnapped in Bangkok

By Sebastian Strangio
The kidnapping, which coincided with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Vietnam last week, highlights the gaps in interests and perceptions between Washington and Hanoi.

Blinken Bound for Vietnam as US Pushes for Upgrade in Relations

Blinken Bound for Vietnam as US Pushes for Upgrade in Relations

By Sebastian Strangio
Washington wants to raise relations to the level of a "strategic relationship," but Vietnamese leaders are moving cautiously, in light of the likely reaction from China.
Vietnam, Israel Conclude Negotiations for Free Trade Pact

Vietnam, Israel Conclude Negotiations for Free Trade Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The agreement, which will be signed later this year, coincides with the 30th anniversary of relations between the two countries.

The Analytical Obsession With ‘Factions’ in Vietnamese Politics

The Analytical Obsession With ‘Factions’ in Vietnamese Politics

By Khang Vu
There is little evidence that the country’s political landscape is divided into “pro-Chinese” and “pro-American” camps.
Vietnam-Australia Relations at 50

Vietnam-Australia Relations at 50

By Hai Hong Nguyen
The past half-century has witnessed a remarkable convergence of interests between the two nations, and there is a promise of closer cooperation to come.

Why Vietnam’s UN Abstention on Ukraine Was a Rational Move

Why Vietnam’s UN Abstention on Ukraine Was a Rational Move

By Khang Vu
The country’s domestic political structure emphasizes continuity in foreign policy, and changes its stance only when there is a clear benefit in doing so.

Why Vietnam’s Political Shake-Up Will Not Affect Its Foreign Policy

Why Vietnam’s Political Shake-Up Will Not Affect Its Foreign Policy

By Khang Vu
Two structural constraints, one international and one domestic, ensure a high degree of continuity in Hanoi's external relations.

Former Foreign Minister’s Dismissal Complicates Vietnam’s External Relations

Former Foreign Minister’s Dismissal Complicates Vietnam’s External Relations

By Hai Hong Nguyen
Pham Binh Minh's unusual mid-term departure leaves a vacuum in the country’s diplomatic leadership.
Great Expectations as Australia and Vietnam Ponder ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’

Great Expectations as Australia and Vietnam Ponder ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’

By Hai Hong Nguyen
An elevation of relations is likely next year, when the two nations celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations. But will it be matched by substantive developments?

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