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Why Iraq is not a new Vietnam

It was fashionable in 2007 to label the Iraq War as the next Vietnam. It was easy to draw parallels – weak local allies, a post-invasion quagmire, insurgency, inability to win the “hearts and minds” led pundits to declare the Iraq War as ‘Vietnam 2.0.’ With a major crisis unfolding in the past week, it […]

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Anti-China riots most damaging to Vietnam’s economy

Anti-Chinese sentiment is reaching fever pitch in Vietnam. At least twenty have been killed and hundreds injured as Beijing evacuated some 3,000 workers from the country. This marks a sharp escalation that will have profound impact on the Vietnamese economy. Since China’s deployment of a state-owned oil rig near the disputed Paracel Islands, a wave […]

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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej waves as his wife Queen Sirikit and son Vajiralongkorn look on on his 80th birthday at the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Thailand sits at edge of political storm

With Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ousting at the hands of the Thai Supreme Court on May 7th, Thailand’s political paralysis is set to restart. The anti-government Yellow Shirts have welcomed the move, but Shinawatra’s zealous Red Shirt supporters have flocked to Bangkok. More ominously, the health of King Bhumibol (Rama IX) continues to decline, presenting a […]

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Vietnam’s naval modernization threatens to destabilize region

Vietnam’s recent military and naval modernization potentially puts it on a collision course with China. Aside from further destabilizing regional security, such tensions could scare off Chinese investors, a disastrous development for Vietnam’s economy. Over the past decade, Vietnam has embarked on a long-delayed, wide-ranging military modernization project. As recently as a decade ago, Vietnam’s navy […]

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