March 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Baker Peace | Panel on International Context of Vietnam War, March 27

Vietnam War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC

Vietnam War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Baker Peace Conference on “The Vietnam War: A Fifty-Year Retrospective” on March 26 and 27.

A panel on “The International Context” is Friday, March 27,  at 3 p.m. in Nelson Commons.

The panel features:

  • Moderator – Dr. Paul C. Milazzo, Ohio University
  • Dr. Pierre Asselin, Hawaii Pacific Univeristy
  • Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas, Austin
  • Dr. Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, University of Kentucky

Paul C. Milazzo joined the faculty of the Ohio University Department of History in 2001, specializing in 20th century American history. His research has focused on environmental policy making in the United States Congress. His publications include “The Environment,” in Julian Zelizer, ed., The American Congress: The Building of Democracy (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2004), “Using Congressional Sources, A Historian’s Perspective,” in Karen D. Paul, ed., An American Political Archives Reader, (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009), “From Truman to Eisenhower: Rethinking Postwar Environmental ‘Consensus,’” in Karl Boyd Brooks, ed., The Environmental Legacy of Harry Truman (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2009), and “Nixon and The Environment,” in Melvin Small, ed., A Companion to the Nixon Presidency (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). His book, Unlikely Environmentalists: Congress and Clean Water, 1945-1972 was published in 2006. He has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts, including C-SPAN, Bloomberg Radio, and PBS. Current research interests include conservative politics and economic policy, as reflected in his latest book project—a biography of Henry Hazlitt, the influential libertarian journalist.

Pierre Asselin is professor of history at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. He is the author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) and Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (University of California Press, 2013). Other recent and notable publications include “The Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the 1954 Geneva Conference: A Revisionist Critique” in Cold War History (2011); “Revisionism Triumphant: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Nixon Era” in Journal of Cold War Studies (2011); and “‘We Don’t Want a Munich’: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy, 1965-1968” in Diplomatic History (2012). His work has featured prominently in France and as well as in Vietnam. He is co-editor of The Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, Volume III: Endings (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming [2018]), and working on the completion of Vietnam’s American War: A History with Documents (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming [2016]), which surveys the Vietnamese communist experience during the Vietnam War. He is also developing a third monograph exploring the origins and conduct of Hanoi’s so-called diplomatic struggle during the Vietnam War on the basis of archival evidence from Vietnam, Algeria, and elsewhere.

Mark Atwood Lawrence is Associate Professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and Distinguished Fellow of the Robert L. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  He is author of Assuming the Burden:  Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005), which won two awards from the American Historical Association, and The Vietnam War:  A Concise International History (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was listed by the History Book Club.  He is also editor of The Vietnam War:  An International History in Documents (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-editor of The First Indochina War:  Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2007), Nation-States and the Global Environment:  New Approaches to International Environmental History (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Beyond the Cold War:  Lyndon Johnson and the New Global Challenges of the 1960s (Oxford University Press, 2014).  He is now at work on a study of U.S. policymaking toward the developing world in the 1960s.

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.  Her first book, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam, won the 2013 Stuart L. Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the 2012 Edward M. Coffman Prize from the Society for Military History. Currently, she is working on a second book tentatively titled, Tet 1968: The Battles that Changed the Vietnam War and the Global Cold War, which will be published by Random House in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Tet Offensive in 2018. Nguyen is also the general editor of the forthcoming The Cambridge History of the Vietnam War in three volumes.

More Baker Peace Conference Events

The keynote speaker Dr. Fredrik Logevall opens the conference with “Embers of War: The Meaning of the Vietnam War on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Baker 240/242. Read more.

On Friday, March 27, the conference continues in Nelson Commons with three discussion panels focused on important topics related to the Vietnam War.

  • The first panel, “The Commitment of Ground Troops,”convenes at 10 a.m. with Dr. George Herring, University of Kentucky, Dr. Meredith Lair, George Mason University, and Dr. Chester Pach, Ohio University.
  • The 1 p.m. panel, “War and Social Change” features Dr. Andrew Johns, Brigham Young University, Dr. Penny Lewis, City University of New York, and Dr. Kevin Mattson, Ohio University.
  • The final panel convenes at 3 p.m. and focuses on “The International Context” with Dr. Pierre Asselin, Hawai’i Pacific University, Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas, and Dr. Lien-Hang Nguyen, University of Kentucky.

The Baker Peace Conference is sponsored by the Baker Peace Studies Program and the Contemporary History Institute. All events are free and open to the public.

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