I promised that all royalties from pre-orders would go to the wonderful Vietnam programs of The Asia Foundation. I will deliver on that promise and donate $3600 to the foundation on behalf of all of you. You preordered 3224 books, and I understand that many more have sold since the October 15 launch date.
Ted came to appreciate how important food is in Vietnamese culture. The great care in bringing together fresh ingredients and subtle spices makes every Vietnamese meal special, whether it is a quick bánh mì or phở, or a several-course meal.
November 1 marks the 66th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, the struggle dubbed "The American War" by the Vietnamese people. Robert Bociaga takes a look at the developing and enduring relationship between the old adversaries in Washington and Hanoi.
Former US envoy Ted Osius discusses his efforts to turn former war foes into friends.
Mr. Osius, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014, spoke to an Elliott School crowd on United States-Vietnam relations following wartime.
The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council convey their deep condolences to the Powell family, the American people, and friends in ASEAN and beyond on the passing of the 65th U.S. Secretary of State, 16th U.S. National Security Advisor, and 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin L. Powell.
In Nothing Is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam, my friend Ted Osius, former U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, tells the extraordinary story of how two enemies became friends. Relationships are at the core of this story, ecause for reconciliation and for diplomacy relationships matter.
The Oval Office looked the same. The wall-to-ceiling windows continued to overlook the South Lawn. The famous "Resolute" desk dominated the room. But it didn't feel like the Oval Office I remembered.
I told the students a behind-the-scenes story from the spring of 2015, when I heard from Party and government leaders that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trọng wanted to visit President Barack Obama in the United States.
When I met with President Phúc on September 23, he surprised me with congratulations on the publication of Nothing Is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam.
I still feel the deepest gratitude toward Thầy Độ, the most exacting of our three teachers. He sought precision in our tones and pronunciation, not an easy task with distracted Foreign Service Officers.
A reader curious to learn why Washington and Hanoi are now contemplating a comprehensive strategic relationship won't be disappointed by Ted Osius' book. There is lucid discussion, inter alia, of the step-by-step development of strategic trust between the military establishments of both nations.
When we learned that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her daughter, Jane, would be visiting us in August 2015, a friend on our embassy team encouraged me to write and ask if she might officiate at a brief ceremony to renew Clayton’s and my marriage vows.
Admiral Swift (former PACOM) and Ambassador Osius discuss; 1) how legacy issues (cleaning up after Agent Orange, finding POW/MIA) have slowly laid the basis of trust; 2) how key visits and US gestures have led to breakthroughs; 3) the role of US veterans and of Vietnamese refugees in building ties; 4) managing sensitive issues (human rights and the long history between China and Vietnam).
The Biden-Harris Administration clearly views its partnership with Vietnam as significant, as the vice president’s visit followed that of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin by only a few weeks.