- THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
- Texas Tech University
The Seventh Triennial Vietnam Symposium will take place on March 10-12, 2011, and will be held at the brand new Overton Hotel and Convention Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Vietnam Center symposia are open to presentations that examine any and all aspects of the United States involvement in Southeast Asia. This includes activities before, during, and after the war in Vietnam. Papers can examine any aspect of the experience to include early interaction and diplomacy, events and activities during the war to include military operations, humanitarian relief efforts, civic action and pacification, thematic issues to include social, political, cultural, and economic, the international dimensions of the war for all sides involved, activities in the US and elsewhere in support of or in opposition to the war, postwar issues, etc.
We encourage anyone interested in presenting a research paper to submit a one page proposal and a short CV for consideration. We also welcome panel proposals that include all speakers and a moderator. As always, graduate students are highly encouraged to submit proposals. Please format proposals to resemble an abstract to include the author’s name, title/affiliation, and contact information, along with proposed title, thesis/purpose, and main points. Please limit paper proposal length to a single page. For panel proposals, please limit each paper proposal within the panel to a single page. Submit all proposals electronically to VietnamCenterConference@ttu.edu. If you make an email submission but do not receive notification of receipt within seven days, please call 806-742-3742 and ask for Steve Maxner, Ph.D., Director, Vietnam Center and Archive.
The deadline for submitting proposals is October 15, 2010.
For updated information about the symposium, please visit http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2011_Symposium/
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us for this event.
Session videos from the 2010 Vietnam Center Conference “Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost: Counterinsurgency from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan” are now available online on the Conference Sessions Videos page and in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.
This conference was held on March 4th-5th at the SAIS Kenney Auditorium in Washington, DC, and was co-hosted by the Vietnam Center and Archive, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, and the Center for a New America Security. Sessions included panels on Strategic Policy for Civil-Military Operations in Vietnam; Strategy and Tactics from CMO Operations in Vietnam; the Vietnam Experience; and Counterinsurgency Operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The agenda for our upcoming conference is now available here: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2010_conference/2010agenda.pdf
A registration form is being developed and will be available on our website soon. Please check our conference page periodically for updates: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2010_Conference/
Also, a block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate of $99/night. Please reserve your room by February 17th. Reservation information available on our website: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2010_Conference/
Detailed conference information:
Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost: Counterinsurgency from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
& The Center for a New American Security
March 4th-5th, 2010
SAIS Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
“You have to learn from history,” President Obama recently observed. “On the other hand, each historical moment is different. You never step into the same river twice. And so Afghanistan is not Vietnam.” [New York Times, September 13, 2009]
Perhaps not. But Vietnam is certainly a reference point for many Americans as the war in Afghanistan approaches its ninth year. Comparing Vietnam and Afghanistan is a popular and sometimes lucrative undertaking for scores of historians, journalists and politicians. Google “Vietnam-Afghanistan” and you get about 36 million returns. Analogies abound; analysts debate. What are the lessons of Vietnam? What can we learn about counterinsurgency from our experience in Vietnam? Does Vietnam offer important insights to guide counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan? Have we already applied our Vietnam experience in these conflicts? Or are Iraq and Afghanistan so unique as to defy comparison with past insurgencies?
This conference asks what we should have learned about counterinsurgency from Vietnam and whether, or how, these lessons are being exploited in today’s conflicts. Military experts and civilian analysts will debate these questions and more over two days at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on March 4 and 5. You are most cordially invited to join the discussion.
Still photos from the Vietnam Center’s 2009 Conference “Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and the Vietnam War” are now available online. Videos of the conference sessions are currently being digitized, and we anticipate (but don’t guarentee) that they will be available online around the end of April. At that time, we will place notices in this blog and on our website.
The 2009 Vietnam Center conference on Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand and the Vietnam War will take place in Lubbock, TX on March 13-14, 2009. The registration form for this conference is now available online and can be accessed by clicking on the link below. The conference agenda and other related information will be posted to the conference page as it becomes available.
Session videos and presentations from the 6th Triennial Symposium are now available online at the link listed below. There are versions of the videos for both high-speed and slower connections.
The agenda for the 2008 6th Triennial Vietnam Symposium is now available online. The Symposium will occur on March 13-15th, 2008, at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza in Lubbock. Presenters will speak on a wide variety of topics.
Please note that speakers and the schedule are subject to change, and we will update this agenda as changes become know.
Conference session videos for the Intelligence in the Vietnam War Conference are now available online at the link listed below. There are versions of the videos for both high-speed and for slower connections.