Toward a Brighter Future: Symposium Focuses on Maintaining Stable Relations with Vietnam

Officials will meet July 8-9 in Vietnam to discuss the future relationship between the United States and its former enemy.

Written by Cory Chandler

Symposium participants from the U.S. and Vietnam will discuss areas of collaboration and devise a framework for long-term relations.

Symposium participants from the U.S. and Vietnam will discuss areas of collaboration and devise a framework for long-term relations.

In honor of the 15th anniversary of normalized relations between the United States and its former enemy, Vietnam, Texas Tech has helped organize a symposium to discuss future collaboration between the two nations.

“Vietnam-U.S. Relations: Toward a Brighter Future” takes place July 8-9 in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is co-organized by the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech and Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam with support from the Embassy of the United States of America in Hanoi, the Asia Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation.

Presenters and speakers include U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia), Deputy Foreign Minister of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh and other diplomats, academics and administrators from the two nations.

As many as 200 participants from the U.S. and Vietnam will discuss mutual priorities and cooperation in areas such as education, defense, technology and healthcare while devising a framework for stable long-term relations.

Steve Maxner, director of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech, said symposium discussions will impact foreign policy in Vietnam and tie in to President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s renewed focus on U.S. diplomacy.

“This symposium will have a profound impact on a significant set of attendees,” Maxner said. “The scholars making presentations are all excellent in their fields and include several Vietnamese Americans. We believe this to be very important as there remains a contentious relationship between Vietnamese American communities and Vietnam and we hope to foster constructive and positive discussion, mutual understanding and reconciliation between them.”


Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive

Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives. Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

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