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Event Name:Nothing is Impossible: America's Reconciliation with Vietnam
Event Type(s):Speaker Program
Description:This event is now fully virtual from 12-1 pm. All registrants will be sent instructions on how to join the event and participate in the Q&A.

Please note this is a hybrid event - you have the option of attending in person or virtually. Registrations are required for all attendees. For in-person attendees, the event will run from 12 - 2 pm and will include lunch (12 - 12:30 reception; 12:30 lunch). The speaker portion of the event for virtual attendees will begin at 1:10 pm (virtual attendees will be sent a link for the event and instructions on how to participate in Q&A via email).

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Ted Osius on the themes of his recent book, Nothing is Impossible. Ambassador Osius will discuss the process of normalizing relations and reconciliation efforts with Vietnam, and cooperations on addressing war legacies, etc. 

Today Vietnam is one of America’s strongest international partners, with a thriving economy and a population that welcomes American visitors. How that relationship was formed is a 20-year story of daring diplomacy and a careful thawing of tensions between the two countries after a lengthy war that cost nearly 60,000 American and more than three million Vietnamese lives. Starting in the 1990s, Nothing is Impossible gives a vivid account of the various forms of diplomacy that made this reconciliation possible. Ambassador Osius considers the leaders who put aside past traumas to work on creating a brighter future, including senators John McCain and John Kerry, two Vietnam veterans and ideological opponents who set aside their differences for a greater cause, and Pete Peterson—the former POW who became the first U.S. ambassador to a new Vietnam. Osius also draws upon his own experiences working first-hand with various Vietnamese leaders and traveling the country on bicycle to spotlight the ordinary Vietnamese people who have helped bring about their nation’s extraordinary renaissance. Please see the attached flyer for reviews of the book.

Former ambassador Ted Osius is President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council.  Founded in 1984, the Council represents 170 of the largest American businesses in Southeast Asia through its headquarters in Washington, DC, and its seven regional offices.

A diplomat for thirty years, Ambassador Osius served from 2014 to 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam.  Leading a team of 900, Ambassador Osius devised and implemented strategies to deepen economic, security and cultural ties between the two countries.  In October 2021, Rutgers University Press will publish his book, Nothing Is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam, covering the two countries’ 25-year journey from adversaries to friends and partners.

After his departure from government, Osius joined Google Asia-Pacific as Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy, covering 19 Asian nations from Google’s Singapore headquarters.  Earlier, he was a senior advisor at the Albright-Stonebridge Group and the first Vice President of Fulbright University Vietnam.  Osius was associate professor at the National War College and Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

As a diplomat, Osius served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Political Minister-Counselor in New Delhi, India.  Osius also served as deputy director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the State Department, regional environment officer for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and senior advisor on Asia and trade to Vice President Al Gore.  He also served in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and at the United Nations.

Ambassador Osius has authored numerous articles on Foreign Service tradecraft and U.S.-Asia policy.  He wrote The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: Why It Matters and How To Strengthen It (CSIS/Praeger 2002) as a fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs (日本国際問題研究所).  While at CSIS, he published “Global Swing States: Deepening Partnerships with India and Indonesia” (Asia Policy, January 2014), Enhancing India-ASEAN Connectivity and A US-Indonesia Partnership for 2020.

Ambassador Osius earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an Honorary Doctorate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education.  He was the first U.S. ambassador to receive the Order of Friendship from the President of Vietnam.  He serves on the Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees and numerous advisory boards.

Ambassador Osius speaks Vietnamese, French and Italian, and a bit of Japanese, Indonesian, Hindi, Thai, Tagalog and Greek.  He and his husband, Clayton Bond, have a seven-year-old son and six-year-old daughter.

Following Washington, DC COVID-19 restrictions, all visitors to the DACOR Bacon House must wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. Visitors are required to show proof of vaccination in the form of a vaccination card, a clear photo of your card, or a DC-approved app. Visitors must also present a photo ID.
Event Date:1/14/2022
Event Time:12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern
Contact Person:DACOR Programs
(phone: 202-682-0500 x20)
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Nothing is Impossible: America's Reconciliation with Vietnam

Ambassador Ted Osius
Author; President & CEO, US-ASEAN Business Council

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