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, president of CSSD, and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius provided opening remarks.
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.
Ambassador Pham Van Que then hosted the first panel discussing the progress in U.S.-Vietnam relations.
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.
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.
Check back for full video of the conference panels and speeches in a future update.