Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Symposium Call for Papers Deadline Extended

**The deadline for proposals has been extended to December 1, 2010** 

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, activities in theater during the war, 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 paper to submit a one page proposal and a short CV for consideration. 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 proposal length to a single page and submit them 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 December 1st, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2011_Symposium/

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us for this event.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Reminder: The Seventh Triennial Vietnam Symposium

The deadline to submit proposals for the 7th Triennial Symposium is approaching.  The Symposium will take place on March 10-12, 2011 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas.  For more information about the Symposium, see our event page.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

A Colloquium on United States National Security Policy and Military Strategy: Understanding the Environment for Contemporary Warfare

Sponsored by the Vietnam Center and Archive and Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and The Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

September 15-16, 2010

The Overton Hotel and Convention Center, Lubbock, TX

The goal of this academic colloquium is to discuss what is one of the most serious and difficult problems facing those responsible for US National Security Policy and Military Strategy, that is, how best to understand contemporary warfare and how best to combat global terrorism. The current struggle is not traditional in that the enemy is not a nation-state that has mobilized its military forces and civilian population against the US, demanding assessments of the appropriate levels and uses of force and the deployment and maneuver of military force. Rather, the war against terrorist networks can be viewed as a form of insurgency where policy makers and the military face well organized but loosely connected groups bent on inflicting property, human, and economic damage at any opportunity. The complexity of fighting such enemies requires policy makers and military strategists to address several essential questions so that US policy and strategy not only match but work together in a way that will allow for the ultimate defeat of those who use terror as their principal means of goal achievement.

Call for Papers:

We seek paper and panel proposals that will address such questions and will focus on such important issues as whether US national security policy is based on an accurate conceptualization of terrorism as a threat, whether policies and strategies need to be reassessed with respect to how we are addressing these threats, and what role will coalitions and alliances play in helping political and military leaders develop and implement effective policies and strategies. We welcome and look forward to a range of proposals that examine these issues using qualitative, quantitative, and historical methodologies and analysis.

•Paper proposals: Half page proposal with short (two page) CV

•Panel proposals: Full page proposal with short (two page) CVs for speakers

Send submissions to steve.maxner@ttu.edu

For more information, please call 806-742-3742

DEADLINE for submissions: June 30, 2010

To register for this conference and/or reserve a hotel room, please visit http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/counterterrorism/

Friday, May 7, 2010

Call for Papers – The Seventh Triennial Vietnam Symposium

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.

Friday, April 2, 2010

2010 Conference Videos Now Available Online

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.

TTU President Guy Bailey opens the VNCA 2010 Conference

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.

Still photographs of the conference are also available on the Vietnam Center and Archive’s Facebook page.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Conference Agenda Now Available Online

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

Sponsored by:
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.

Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 Conference Videos Available Online

Session videos from the Vietnam Center’s 2009 Conference “Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia and the Vietnam War” are now available online on the Conference Videos Page and in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

Monday, March 30, 2009

2009 Conference Photographs

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.

Friday, January 30, 2009

2009 Vietnam Center Conference Agenda Now Available Online

The agenda for the Vietnam Center conference on Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand and the Vietnam War is now available online at the link below.

2009 Conference Agenda
Conference Website

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2009 Vietnam Center Conference Registration Form Now Available Online

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.

Vietnam Center Conference Website

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