“The Post” and the Importance of a Free Press

Jan 27, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a timely reminder of the constitutional importance of a free press. Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, which explores the events that led up to New York Times v. US, echoes Justice Hugo Black’s sentiment: “The press was protected so that it could bare...

The World This Week: Vietnam, Japan, the Asia Pivot and the Obama Doctrine

May 29, 2016

Obama visits Asia to heal past wounds, push for trade, deepen security ties, promote American interests and contain China in a masterly display of diplomacy. The late Harold Macmillan, heir to a publishing business, a British prime minister and chancellor of the University of Oxford, was once...

Shades of Vietnam in the 21st Century

Mar 13, 2016

Robert McNamara’s reflections on the Vietnam War have lessons that are applicable to US foreign policy today. The memoir of Robert S. McNamara, published 20 years ago, runs through and “presents” situations akin to the tragic drama (re)enacted today—a “repeat performance” of a...

Expatriates in Vietnam Taste Sweet Success

Oct 18, 2015

The co-founders of Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat recount how they set up a business making and marketing fine chocolate in Vietnam, a country not known for its production or consumption of the product. Dmitry Minkov, his wife Nina and their 5-year-old daughter, Varvara, are on their way to a...

Vietnam’s Exploration and Production Contracts: Energy Interests and Maritime Claims

Vietnam’s burgeoning energy industry is helping to bolster its claim to disputed parts of the South China Sea, by getting foreign companies involved in its offshore exploration and production (E&P). Will this approach invite possible reprisals by China or other claimant states? Vietnam...