Past event

Research Event

Vietnam: Opportunities and Risks

Chatham House, London

Asia Programme

Participants

Bill Hayton, BBC and author, Vietnam: Rising Dragon

Overview

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The speaker will argue that over the past two decades there has been significant economic progress in Vietnam and increased personal and social freedom. However, he will suggest that the negative consequences of rapid economic growth (environmental and otherwise) are becoming ever more apparent while the Communist Party maintains its position at the apex of society by ensuring that any 'new powers' in society are dependent upon its benevolence.

The speaker will examine whether or not this can continue indefinitely and outline what the future looks like for the Party and the country.

Bill Hayton is the author of Vietnam: Rising Dragon (Yale University Press: 2010). In 2006-7 he was the BBC reporter in Hanoi. While there he also wrote for The Times, Financial Times and Bangkok Post, among others. He currently works for BBC News in London as a reporter and producer while also researching his second book.