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…

China is ready to project military power in the South China Sea sooner rather than later

China’s maritime transformation is already making waves. Still, however, China’s course and its implications—including at sea—remain highly uncertain… The past decade and a half has seen China undergo a modernization of its military, including the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). This naval modernization, which includes the addition of two aircraft carriers, coupled with China’s seemingly…