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In Depth: Asia Pacific and Vietnam

19 Sep 2016

America Rising: Indispensable Again in Asia

China’s aggressive militarism, slowing economy, and indecisive leadership has renewed America’s status as a welcome and indispensable force for prosperity and security in Asia.
31 Oct 2014

Dispatch from Vietnam: Will the US Foster a Natural Ally?

Nearly forty years after the war, most Vietnamese welcome friendly ties with America. With tensions mounting between Hanoi and Beijing, Vietnam is Washington’s to lose.

A Break with Beijing?: Hanoi Considers Its Options

Hanoi’s days of deference to China may be ending—and a new strategic alignment emerging—in the wake of increased tensions between over Beijing’s aggressive maritime claims.
18 Apr 2014

America’s Purpose and Role in a Changed World

The United States likes to think of itself as a reluctant warrior, but recent history has plenty of examples of why American leaders should pursue a more forceful and vigilant foreign policy.
18 Nov 2015

Dissidents, Scholars, Human Rights Activists Call for Obama to Urge Rights Reform During Hanoi Visit

On the eve of Obama's trip to Hanoi, leading intellectuals, dissidents, and human rights activists request Obama use the Asia summits to call for the government of Vietnam to respect human rights.
26 Feb 2014

Isle of Light: A Look Back at the Boat People and the European Left

After the fall of South Vietnam, Paris’s antiwar left mobilized to condemn and partially remedy atrocities committed by the communist victors whose cause some had even championed.
29 Dec 2013

Editor’s Introduction: In Hanoi, Going Forward and Backward

sentences were headline news around the country over the next days and seemed ...

1 Mar 2009

Lessons Lost: The Futility of Experience

In 2008, many Americans who called for change at home seemed reluctant to do so abroad, having been warned that a reversal of course would be regarded as weakness by our enemies and thereby encourage a military challenge. Such aggressions never happened after the Korean or Vietnam wars, nor during the Cold War at all. (Abstract)
1 Sep 2010

Deja Vu All Over Again: Are We Repeating Vietnam?

Rufus Phillips watched Vietnam unfold from the beginning, serving there from 1954 to 1968. Now he's taking his perspective to Afghanistan, which he visited last year to aid with elections in Kabul.
1 Sep 2011

Last Man Standing: Is America Fading in the New Middle East?

As US alliances and resolve in the region grow weaker, what role will America play in the new Middle East?

1 Mar 2008

The Ethics of Fleeing: What America Still Owes Iraq

The Iraq War has, or bids to, become a litmus test of political identity of the sort that Americans associate with the Vietnam War. We should all be troubled by this. Those of us who opposed the Vietnam War may have called it correctly, but it is important to recall the fates of the Vietnamese ...
1 Sep 2010

An Old, Old Story: Misreading Tet, Again

It seems the only thing the news media do better than misinterpret the Tet Offensive is misapply its lessons to our current wars.
1 Dec 2008

Prophets and Poseurs: Niebuhr and Our Times

about the way Americans see themselves and their country. Here is a case ...

1 Jun 2009

The Picture Awaits: The Birth of Modern Counterinsurgency

Ann Marlowe chronicles the origins of counterinsurgency theory.
19 Sep 2016

US-India, China-Russia Exercises Reflect New Alliances

As the US and India conduct joint exercises 100km from India’s border with China—China and Russia conduct "island seizing" naval exercises in the South China Sea.
22 Jan 2014

Hanoi's Symbolic Pushback Against Chinese Expansionism

After forty years, Vietnam has broken its silence over an incident of Chinese territorial aggression. It’s a reminder of the regional tension that has built up after decades of bullying from Beijing.
3 Jun 2014

Chinese Generals Lash Out at America, Japan

Responding to criticism from high-ranking Japanese and US officials at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue, a prominent general went off script and showed everyone just what Beijing’s problem is.
27 Dec 2004

Worse Than (Our) Vietnam

certainly rise significantly. Earlier, the country’s national disaster ...

26 Oct 2011

Did We Lose in Iraq? No, and Here’s Why.

troops to the country, a hurricane of car- and suicide-bombers turned Iraq ...

10 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Vietnam

in the 1980s and 1990. And “Vietnam” (the metaphor, not the country) is supposed ...

4 Jan 2010

Welcome to America

that no country has ever treated me so badly. Not China. Not Vietnam. ...

3 Mar 2011

From Saigon to Baghdad

And you know that country pretty well, too. Amman, Jordan, 2006 Rick ...

16 Jun 2010

Apologies to Jimmy Carter

superpower. Democracy had spread to nearly two-thirds of the world’s countries ...

6 Jul 2010

A Warning to the President of the 60s (and the USA)

— as if a Country Joe and the Fish concert had gotten General Westmoreland booted out ...

20 Apr 2010

Harmless Entertainment?

in 14 other countries, including Germany. It also, in the words ...

14 Feb 2004

Vietnam at Half Volume

to fight for this country.” Thirty years ago, he came back from Vietnam ...

7 Feb 2004

We Are Not Doomed (Updated)

was an American military coup, thus showing just how out of touch with our country ...