30 years into a program of "renewal" of its socialist system, Vietnam faces a world dominated by free trade agreements, competition, and global capital.
Three decades ago, Vietnam embarked on what it calls a "renewal" process that brought rapid development after years of war, famine, and poverty.
They are dealing with inflation, difficulties in importing goods, falling oil prices, and worsening economic recession.
Thousands of protestors packed the square outside Gunnlaugsson's office and coated the windows with thrown yogurt.
Workers hit the streets last week demanding back pay and to protest against wage cuts and the possibility of unemployment.
As long as social and economic problems remain unresolved, and youth unemployment remains high, measures solely based on security are doomed to fail.
Over the past year, left and center-left parties have taken control of two European countries and hold the balance of power in a third.
Over ten years, Morales and his supporters have molded a socialist and anti-imperialist government whose future will be affected by the outcome.
Louis Riel, a leader of the Métis people in their resistance against the Canadian government in the Canadian Northwest, remains the most controversial figure in Canadian history.