Vietnam's society and economy is at a crossroads

February 9, 2011

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Nguyen Tan Dung was re-appointed prime minister of Vietnam last month.

In contrast to much of the developed world, Vietnam’s economy grows at seven percent a year. But those numbers weren’t cause for celebration at the Communist Party’s five-year Congress, when the nation’s one-party system chose its new leaders. On the contrary, the leadership apologized for “failing to meet the expectations” of the public and members of the Communist party.  Edmund Malesky, a political scientist at the University of California-San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, tells us why Vietnam is at a political and economic crossroads.