Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Vietnam-U.S. Relations: An Unparalleled History

Vietnam-U.S. Relations: An Unparalleled History


This article critically assesses how Vietnam-U.S. relations have evolved over the 42 years since Vietnam’s reunification in 1975. By dividing the development of Vietnam-U.S. relations into three main phases—1975-2000, 2001-2008, and 2009-the present—it analyzes the steps taken by both Hanoi and Washington to heal and build their relations. Using Vietnamese and U.S. sources, the article demonstrates why Vietnam-U.S. relations have transformed dramatically and what factors have contributed to the unusually positive relationship between Vietnam and the United States since the diplomatic normalization in 1995.

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