2014 Operation Light the End of the Tunnel

Below is an interview with Chuck Searcy, a former Army intelligence analyst who has lived in Vietnam for the last 20 years working - in partnership with Vietnamese colleagues - to ameliorate the effects of various war legacies, including unexploded ordnance (UXO) and Agent Orange.  The interview was with Mike Cerre, a former ABC News … Continue reading 2014 Operation Light the End of the Tunnel

Vietnam Education Dialogue: Higher Education Reforms

On July 31st and August 1st, US Consul General, Rena Bitter, hosted a conference on Vietnamese higher education.  The star-studded list of guests included Dr. Ngo Bao Chau, the first Vietnamese to receive the prestigious Fields Medal, known as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics, Dr. Nguyen Quan, Minister of Science and Technology, and Professor Bui … Continue reading Vietnam Education Dialogue: Higher Education Reforms

Of Proposed Fulbright Cuts, Reaper Drones & the American Fulbright University in Vietnam

The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in friendship and peace. - Senator J. William Fulbright in the Foreword to "The Fulbright Program: A History, 1965" Here's … Continue reading Of Proposed Fulbright Cuts, Reaper Drones & the American Fulbright University in Vietnam

President Obama Nominates Ted Osius to Become the Next US Ambassador to Vietnam

President Obama has nominated Ted Osius to become the sixth US Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  Osius will replace David Shear, who arrived in August 2011 and has left to take up his duties as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Below is an excerpt from a 14.5 White … Continue reading President Obama Nominates Ted Osius to Become the Next US Ambassador to Vietnam

Coming Full Circle: A Conscientious Objector Returns to Vietnam

Below are some excerpts from an article by Doug Hostetter, who is director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office in New York City.   He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war, who did his alternative service working for Mennonite Central Committee in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969.  Doug was a member of the National Student Association delegation to … Continue reading Coming Full Circle: A Conscientious Objector Returns to Vietnam

Same Same But Different

Earlier this week, on a humid evening, the air heavy with memories and raw emotion at the Cinematheque in Hanoi, I met some of the 17 members of the Veterans for Peace Chapter 160 Spring 2014 Tour, who are here for a two-week visit, including Hanoi, Dong Ha/A Luoi, Khe Sanh, Danang, Hue, Hoi An … Continue reading Same Same But Different

Interesting Facts About the Vietnam Education Foundation

This is a recent search engine term that brought some unsuspecting netizen to my blog.  It reminded me of a recent conversation with a young Vietnamese who was a Fulbrighter a couple of years ago.  He insisted that Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) funding was from the U.S. government because that's what a VEF official told … Continue reading Interesting Facts About the Vietnam Education Foundation

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Moving On To Greener Pastures

How time flies!  After two and a half years on the job (the normal term for an ambassador is three years), David Shear, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, has been tapped by President Obama to be the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (APSA) in the Department of Defense.  (This job change has already … Continue reading U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Moving On To Greener Pastures

Jumping on the Vietnam War Commemoration Bandwagon: The Vain Search for Honor

Overcoming the Past? The good news is that while most of America continues to indulge in this national charade, and refuses to come to terms with its bloody past and prevent the "past" from becoming "prologue" again and again, the tiny S-shaped country upon which the U.S. military visited so much death and destruction has … Continue reading Jumping on the Vietnam War Commemoration Bandwagon: The Vain Search for Honor