Self-promotion for my newly published article in Asian Survey, called Vietnam in 2016: Transition and Trepidation. Vietnam in 2016 moved closer than ever before to the United States—politically and economically. Barack Obama toured, to rock-star receptions. The government committed to the stringencies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, gambling that the economic gains would outweigh the political price to be paid in terms of diminished Party control. In return, America assured the Vietnamese it had their back in the South China Sea, and even deleted a long-standing ban on weapons sales. But not all was well within Vietnam—and then, along came Trump.