Join The Asia Foundation for a discussion with Ambassador Ted Osius on his new book, Nothing is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam.
Date: July 15, 2021, at 09:00 ET or 20:00 Vietnam time.
After a lengthy war that cost nearly 60,000 Americans and more than three million Vietnamese lives, Vietnam today is one of America’s strongest international partners with a thriving economy and a people who welcome American visitors. But what kind of diplomacy was involved in helping to thaw tensions and overcome traumas for both countries over the past quarter century?
A diplomat for nearly three decades, Ambassador Osius served from 2014 to 2017 as US Ambassador to Vietnam, a country he has loved since first serving there in the 1990s when he helped open the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and later when he was one of the first diplomats at the US Embassy in Hanoi just after normalization of relations.
Ambassador Osius devised and implemented strategies to deepen security ties, signed tens of billions of dollars in commercial deals, expanded educational exchanges, concluded agreements on trade, law, and environmental protection, and addressed honestly the US and Vietnam’s difficult past. Ambassador Osius’ work helped bring about a positive transformation in US-Vietnamese relations.
- Amassador Ted Osius, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google Asia Pacific & Trustee of The Asia Foundation
- Michael R. DiGregorio, Country Representative, Vietnam, The Asia Foundation
- John J. Brandon, Senior Director, International Relations Programs & Associate Director, Washington, DC, The Asia Foundation