The US-Russia-Vietnam Triangle

Vietnam has struck a careful balance in its reaction to the Ukraine conflict. But how long can it avoid taking sides? Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Vietnam has sought to distance itself from the great-power rivalry in Eastern Europe by underscoring that it is “not taking sides” in the conflict. Nevertheless, the…

The Omicron wave is ‘imminent’ in Southeast Asia

Much of Asia has largely managed to keep omicron at bay even as the variant rages in other parts of the world, but the region that is home to most of the globe’s population is bracing for what may be an inevitable surge. Strict quarantine rules for arrivals and widespread mask wearing have helped slow…