Vietnam, the Unexpected Micro Power

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

Vietnam in the last decade has become the second fastest growing economy in the world. This growth has been seen through the strategic policies set into place by the Vietnamese government. The economic growth has attracted the attention of two super powers in the world today, China and the United States. Vietnamese culture and outlook towards the international community has changed as much as their economy. Vietnam was once one of the poorest Asian nation’s but with a growing economy the government has invested heavily in social infrastructure. These changes can be seen in the poverty rates that currently sit below 10%. It is up to Vietnam to decide what route it will take as the country continues to grow both socially and economically. But how will Vietnam manage relations with two of the biggest super powers in the world today?