Overcoming War Legacies: The Road to Reconciliation and Future Cooperation Between the United States and Vietnam
The governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, invite you to a landmark event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975.
Forged in the effort in the 1980s to account for missing Americans and assist Vietnamese suffering from war-related disabilities, cooperation between the former adversaries to heal the devastating consequences of the war expanded to include locating and removing unexploded ordnance, remediation of dioxin (Agent Orange) contamination at former U.S. airbases, and supporting health and disability programs for victims of Agent Orange.
This decades-long, joint humanitarian effort to overcome the legacies of war has enabled the United States and Vietnam to achieve the normalization of post-war relations based on mutual respect. In recent years, it has expanded to shared interests encompassing diplomacy, trade, and regional security.
Please join American and Vietnamese leaders and experts to explore this historic cooperative effort and the lessons it offers the world, as well as to discuss the future of U.S.-Vietnam relations.