The American Experience in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

8:00–9:30 Registration and Refreshments: Enter at 320 21st Street NW at Virginia Avenue
9:40–9:45 Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Ambassador Edward Brynn, The Historian, U.S. Department of State
9:45–10:00 Opening Address by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Video and transcript)
10:05–11:00 Address by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger (Video and transcript)
11:05–12:00 Keynote Address by Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke (Video and transcript)
12:00–2:00 Lunch

The View from Hanoi: Historians from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Video and transcript)

Chair: Ronald Spector, George Washington University

  • Ambassador Tran Van Tung, Director, Diplomatic History Research Center, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, "Vietnam - US Relations during the Vietnam War with Special Reference to the Role of Diplomacy and the Insights of some Turning Points"
  • Dr. Nguyen Manh Ha, Vice Director, Military History Institute of Vietnam, Ministry of Defense, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, "Early Identification and Knowledge of the Opponent: An Important Advantage for Securing Victory in the Vietnam War"

Commentator: Lien-Hang Nguyen, University of Kentucky

3:30–4:00 Break

Senior Scholars’ Interpretations of the American Experience in Southeast Asia (Video and transcript)

Chair: Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University

  • David Elliott, Pomona College
  • George Herring, University of Kentucky, Emeritus
  • John Prados, National Security Archive
5:30–6:00 Refreshments

Media Roundtable Discussion: Convened by Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowley, Bureau of Public Affairs (Video and transcript)

Moderator: Marvin Kalb, Murrow Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

  • William Beecher, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland
  • Edith Lederer, Reporter, Associated Press
  • Morley Safer, Correspondent, “60 Minutes”
  • Barry Zorthian, Partner, Alcalde & Fay
7:45–9:00 Reception: Benjamin Franklin Room