VIETNAM STUDIES PROGRAMME
About the Webinar
After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, it took the United States and Vietnam 20 years to normalize their diplomatic relations. Since then, however, bilateral ties have developed quickly and comprehensively. By 2021, the two countries have become important economic and security partners to each other, with bilateral ties continiously strengthened in various domains, especially trade, investment, education and defence. Yet, to get where they are now, the two countries have travelled a long and winding road towards reconciliation. During this process, they have undertaken different measures to heal war-time wounds, build mutual trust and respect, and pursue various practical cooperation initiatives to advance mutual interests. This webinar, presented by former American ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, will review the efforts of the United States and Vietnam to promote their reconciliation since 1995 and the challenges that they have overcome along the way. It will also discuss the future trajectory of bilateral relations, especially against the backdrop of recent momentous changes in the regional geopolical landscape.
About the Speakers
TED OSIUS served from 2014 to 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. Leading a team of 900, he devised and implemented strategies to deepen economic, security and cultural ties between the two countries.