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What Should the United States Do about Cam Ranh Bay and Russia’s Place in Vietnam?

by  • March 16, 2015

By Phuong Nguyen

Camh Ranh Bay, 1969. Source: JeriSisco's flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

The revelation on March 11 that Washington expressed concern to Hanoi about Russia’s use of Cam Ranh Bay to assist its bomber flights in the Asia Pacific has again prompted a debate on the role of the port in quickly-warming U.S.-Vietnam defense ties. It became clear that Washington feels uncomfortable about the role Russia still occupies in Vietnam, an increasingly important U.S. partner in Southeast Asia, when Commander of the U.S. Army Pacific General Vincent Brooks confirmed that Russian planes circling Guam recently were refueled by tankers at Cam Ranh Bay. Continue reading What Should the United States Do about Cam Ranh Bay and Russia’s Place in Vietnam?

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds
is the fifth installment in the US National Intelligence Council’s series aimed at providing a framework for thinking about the future. As with previous editions, we hope that this report will stimulate strategic thinking by identifying critical trends and potential discontinuities. We distinguish between megatrends, those factors that will likely occur under any scenario, and game-changers, critical variables whose trajectories are far less certain. Finally, as our appreciation of the diversity and complexity of various factors has grown, we have increased our attention to scenarios or alternative worlds we might face.

We are at a critical juncture in human history, which could lead to widely contrasting futures. It is our contention that the future is not set in stone, but is malleable, the result of an interplay among megatrends, game-changers and, above all, human agency. Our effort is to encourage decisionmakers—whether in government or outside—to think and plan for the long term so that negative futures do not occur and positive ones have a better chance of unfolding.

Who Reads Global Trends?

In December 2016 [election year], the US President-elect will receive Global Trends 2035, the sixth edition in the National Intelligence Council’s (NIC) series aimed at providing a framework for thinking about the future.

This time period affords the incoming or returning President and senior staff the opportunity to weigh the report’s judgments and lay the groundwork to address long-range issues of importance to national and global security.

The report also is publicly released, aiding policymakers, scholars, and others in many countries in better understanding possible trends and discontinuities in the global environment.

Download Global Trends 2030 here

Global Trends 2035 will be available in December 2016

Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, counselor to the National Intelligence Council, responds to the role the United States is projected to have in 2030? Will we still be the so-called “world’s policeman” or will there be other countries that will assert this power?

Getting Rights Right at Vietnam’s Crossroads

By Jonathan D. London

    Photo: Vietnamese citizens watch fireworks in downtown Hanoi. Source: Terbeck’s flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s upcoming visit to Washington comes at a critical juncture for Vietnam and a time when a confluence of domestic, regional, and geopolitical factors are giving increasing salience to the importance of expanding and protecting civil and political liberties in the country. The most important step in making the case for human rights in Vietnam is to convince the country’s leadership that better rights will generate significant benefits for Vietnam both domestically and in the international arena. Continue reading Getting Rights Right at Vietnam’s Crossroads

Lam Dong unveils its go green plan

Priority will be given for allocating forest areas to ethnic households, poor households without land and local communities to protect. — Photo binhthuan

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Lam Dong Province People’s Committee on Sunday unveiled a plan for the “Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable management of forest resources, conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks” to be implemented through 2020. Continue reading Lam Dong unveils its go green plan

Quang Binh villages to get solar power

The project covers eight communes in four districts and will eventually supply nearly 1,300 households and 78 offices. — Illustrative image File Photo

QUANG BINH (VNS) — Authorities in central Quang Binh Province have conducted research on a solar-power project to make sure it is cost effective in all areas that it reaches.

If it is not effective in all villages, authorites said they would switch to normal network power to link them up. Continue reading Quang Binh villages to get solar power

3-Euro gift from Vienna

I heard about Vienna for its charm and its world-renowned classical music and operas, but I’d never thought that Vienna could be in my EU travel list that soon. It was a completely unplanned trip, unlike what I usually did when traveling. Vienna meet-up was due to a situation that demanded me to travel. To be honest, I wanted to visit Vienna for some unexpected reasons. I actually convinced myself to spend a few days in Vienna as a little treat and a break during my hectic time at work. Continue reading 3-Euro gift from Vienna

And you thought the Arab Spring was disappointing.

Southeast Asia’s Democracy Downer

Three years ago, on April 1, 2012, I had the great privilege to watch Burmese citizens take part in their first free election in a quarter of a century. As votes go, this was actually a pretty modest one — it was a mere by-election, so only a few seats in the national assembly were up for grabs. In practical terms, the voters’ choices had little real impact on the balance of forces in the country at large.

Yet that modest reality didn’t seem to matter. People seized the opportunity to exercise their rights with joy.

Continue reading And you thought the Arab Spring was disappointing.

VN women need to participate more in politics

Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at a global conference in Japan earlier this month. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat

HA NOI (VNS) — Director of the gender equality department under the labour, invalids and social affairs ministry Pham Ngoc Tien yesterday said women’s participation in the political sector was still low. Continue reading VN women need to participate more in politics

The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistic and Emerging Trends 2015

Data collection is a major and constant concern of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International). The comprehensive data provided in this publication serve as an important tool for stakeholders, policy makers, authorities, and the industry, as well as for researchers and extension professionals. The information provided here has proven useful in development programs and supporting strategies for organic agriculture and markets, and crucial for monitoring the impact of these activities. The data collection of FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International has become one of the most frequently quoted literature in scientific, technical and descriptive papers and reports on organic agriculture. With this edition, FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International are presenting “The World of Organic Agriculture” for the 16th time. The data and information compiled in this volume document the current statistics, recent developments, and trends in global organic farming. The statistical information and all chapters have been updated. As in previous editions, regional reports were also compiled.

Read and download full report here

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Sugarcane farmers bitter as yields, prices crash

Farmers in the southern province of Soc Trang harvest sugarcane. The fall in cane prices is attributed to large stocks of sugar produced from the previous crop. — VNA/VNS Photo Trung Hieu

HCM CITY  (VNS) — For sugarcane farmers in the central and southern regions it has been a double whammy as bad weather and diseases first hit their crop and then low prices reduced their incomes. Continue reading Sugarcane farmers bitter as yields, prices crash