CSIS Commemorates 20th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam Relations

Speakers and panelists at the CSIS-CSSD event on January 14, 2016, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

CSIS and the Center for Strategic Studies and International Development (CSSD) co-hosted a unique event on January 14, 2016, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam titled 20 Years of U.S.-Vietnam Relations in Perspective. The conference recognized the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1995. Speakers from the public and private sectors in both Vietnam and the United States came together with a packed house at the Reverie Saigon Hotel to recognize the progress in the bilateral relationship over the past twenty years and discuss areas where the two countries could expand their relationship. Murray Hiebert, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow with the Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, represented CSIS, provided remarks during the event, and moderated a panel on trade and investment ties.

Ambassador Nguyen Ngoc Truong welcomes participants to the conference on January 14. Source: CSSD photo, used with permission.

Ambassador Nguyen Ngoc Truong, president of CSSD, and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius provided opening remarks.

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U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius recounts his experiences in Vietnam as a young diplomat in 1996. Source: CSSD, used with permission.

Read Ambassador Osius’s speech as prepared here. Next, former minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Nguyen Dy Nien and former senior director for Asia in the U.S. National Security Council Evan Medeiros gave keynote speeches.

Dr. Evan Medeiros, Managing Director at the Eurasia Group, delivering his keynote speech at the conference.

 

Ambassador Pham Van Que then hosted the first panel discussing the progress in U.S.-Vietnam relations.

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Ambassador Pham Van Que moderated a panel featuring Le Chi Dung of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, CSIS’s Murray Hiebert, Professor Nguyen Thai Yen Huong, and Ambassador Bui The Giang. Source: CSSD photo, used with permission.

Vice President Wendy Cutler of the Asia Society’s Policy Institute along with His Excellency Truong Dinh Tuyen delivered the luncheon keynotes. Read Wendy Cutler’s keynote address here.

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Vice President Wendy Cutler of the Asia Society’s Policy Institute speaking during the luncheon keynote. Source: CSSD photo, used with permission.

The discussion then turned to the future of the relationship with panels discussing education, people-to-people ties, and strengthening trade and investment after the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Sesto Vecchi, Managing Partner of Russin & Vecchi Lawyers speaking during the second panel on strengthening trade and investment after TPP. Ms. Jocelyn Tran of Walmart Global Sourcing, Mr. Murray Hiebert, Ms. Sherry Boger of Intel Corporation Vietnam, Le Tien Truong Group CEO of Vinatex, and Luong Hoang Thai of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade also participated. Source: CSSD photo, used with permission.

 

Tran Vinh Du, chairman of Broward College, addressing the audience during the third panel on education and people-to-people ties with Mr. Joakim Parker, Director for USAID Vietnam, Ms. Thao Griffiths of the VIetnam Veterans of America Foundation, Ms. Dam Bich Thuy of the Fulbright University Vietnam, and Ambassador Ton Nu Thi Ninh. Source: CSSD photo, used with permission.

Check back for full video of the conference panels and speeches in a future update.

 

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