The clean and improved monument of John McCain in Hanoi

When McCain visited in May 2015, I brought him and the other senators traveling with him to see the clean, improved monument. The Vietnamese pejorative prefix “Tên” before McCain’s name had been replaced with “phi cong” or “pilot.” McCain’s name was spelled correctly.

President Clinton's trip to Vietnam and the 2000 contested election

President Clinton’s trip followed the contested presidential election of November 2000 by a little more than a week. Each evening during the trip, we staffers raced to our hotel rooms to watch newscasters discuss hanging chads and butterfly ballots in Florida.

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Ambassador Pete Peterson's first arrival to Hanoi

May is the hottest month in Vietnam, but the sun was especially relentless on May 9, 1997, when an excited crowd waited on the tarmac at Nội Bài Airport for the arrival of the first U.S. ambassador assigned to Hanoi.

'Honoring people who died' and Biên Hòa Cemetery

Both our societies live with ghosts, with memories, and with legacies. With the aftermath.—Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University President from remarks delivered on March 23, 2017, at the Hồ Chí Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Three aspects of the U.S.-Vietnam economic partnership:

I discussed three aspects of the U.S.-Vietnam economic partnership: (1) Why has Vietnam vaulted into the shortlist of countries of the greatest interest to American investors? (2) Why does the smart handling of the COVID-19 pandemic mean prospects continue to be good? and (3) a few thoughts about the tech industry and digital transformation.

Đỗ Nguyễn Mai Khôi - 'Vietnam’s Lady Gaga'

The press had begun referring to Đỗ Nguyễn Mai Khôi as “Vietnam’s Lady Gaga.” A talented singer and songwriter, and a strong supporter of LGBT+ rights, Mai Khôi seemed to enjoy provoking the authorities. Commenting on her star power, ABC News said, “She’s been called the Lady Gaga of Vietnam, but Mai Khôi arguably has less in common with Gaga than the Russian activist group, Pussy Riot.”

Secretary Albright's visit to Vietnam

We began preparing for a visit by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - her first trip to Vietnam - just six weeks after Ambassador Pete Peterson’s May 1997 arrival. This trip was important in its own right but also because we knew it could be paving the way for a visit by President Bill Clinton.

Samuel L. Jackson filmed 'Kong: Skull Island' in Vietnam

In 2016, when Hollywood director Jordan Vogt-Roberts asked to film Kong: Skull Island in three locations in Vietnam, the government in Hanoi encouraged him and offered support. Officials in Hạ Long Bay, Quảng Bình and Ninh Bình provinces made the filmmakers, cast and crew feel welcome.

My review for the book 'On the Ho Chi Minh Trail: The Blood Road, The Women Who Defended It, The Legacy'

Buchanan tells the powerful story of the women who defended the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a network of roads and trails used by the North Vietnamese to supply their troops, defeat the Americans and their South Vietnamese allies, and unify the country.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's meeting with President Donald Trump: a memory

I liked and respected Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. On May 30, 2017, Prime Minister Phúc arrived in the United States, the first stop of a trip whose centerpiece would be a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.

I’m excited to join Google as VP for Government Affairs, Asia-Pacific

Ambassador Ted Osius to Head Google’s Asia Pacific Public Policy Team Former US Ambassador Ted Osius will join Google in…

Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

The White House again wants to expel certain groups of protected immigrants, a reversal after backing away from the policy…

Returned to persecution: The Vietnamese deportees caught in Trump’s immigration war

by Charles Dunst, Southeast Asia Globe As the Trump administration ramps up deportation numbers, people who fled the Vietnam War…