Vietnam’s 13th Congress: Institutional Resilience or Institutional Decay?

My analysis on the Diplomat, can be read via the link here: https://thediplomat.com/2021/01/vietnams-13th-congress-institutional-resilience-or-institutional-decay/ A short summary: I argue that the main focus of this month’s Congress is not only about who would be the next leaders, but also about how the VCP – and General Secretary Trong himself – solves two pressing contradictions of its … Continue reading Vietnam’s 13th Congress: Institutional Resilience or Institutional Decay?

Thirty years of change

Bài mới của mình trên tờ Mekong Review (https://mekongreview.com/), một quarterly journal do Minh Bui Jones, founder của tờ the Diplomat sáng lập, với hy vọng tạo thành một kiểu New Yorker của Đông Nam Á. Các bạn ở Hà Nội có thể tìm đọc tờ báo in bán tại Tadioto, 25 Tông Đản. Mình … Continue reading Thirty years of change

New rule-based order needed to save the Mekong

As Vietnam suffers its worst drought in nearly a century and Cambodia faces a water shortage that could jeopardise the livelihoods of 1.5 million people, debates have been reignited over the mega dams built along the Mekong. Once referred to as ‘one of the world’s last great stretches of undammed river‘, the Mekong could well … Continue reading New rule-based order needed to save the Mekong

Vietnam’s China challenge

After one of the most highly contested Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) elections to date, the incumbent General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new … Continue reading Vietnam’s China challenge

Vietnam’s banking system: Drowning in the debt

While Vietnam’s non-performing loans take a heavy toll on the economy, authorities’ efforts to tackle the problem remain in their infancy By Khac Giang Nguyen Early this year, the Vietnamese central bank had quite a serious quarrel with Moody’s, one of the world’s big-three rating agencies. Moody’s estimated on February 18 that non-performing loans (NPLs) … Continue reading Vietnam’s banking system: Drowning in the debt