Vietnam and the United States in the Changing Asia Pacific: The Younger Generations' Perspective

November 28-30, 1999
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Hanoi, Vietnam

Sponsored by
The Institute for International Relations
Hanoi, Vietnam
and
The Stanley Foundation
Muscatine, Iowa, USA

Conference Schedule and Agenda

Sunday, November 28

6:30 p.m. — Welcome Dinner hosted by Dr. VU Duong Huan, IIR Acting Director General

Opening Remarks by Dr. VU Duong Huan, IIR Acting Director General and Mr. Jeff MARTIN, the Stanley Foundation

Monday, November 29

9:00 a.m.-12 noon — Session I
The Changing Environment in the Asia Pacific Region

Chair: Mr. BUI Thanh Son, IIR Deputy Director General

Topics:
Recent developments in the Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia in particular:

  • The Asian Financial Crisis (causes and multidimensional consequences)
  • Major powers relations among the United States, China, Japan, and Russia
  • Outstanding challenges to peace and security in the Asia Pacific region
  • The role of the regional economic and security arrangements such as ARF, APEC, and ASEAN
1:30-4:00 p.m. — Session II
Adjustments of US Asia Policy in the Post-Cold War Period

Chair: Dr. Kurt BURCH, Associate Professor, University of Delaware

Topics:

  • US policy toward Asia and Southeast Asia
  • US policy toward Vietnam
Tuesday, November 30

9:00-11:30 a.m. — Session III
Vietnam's Foreign Policy in the 1990s

Chair: Ms. NGUYEN Thai Yen Huong, IIR, Deputy Head, European-American Division

Topics:

  • Vietnam's new foreign policy in the 1990s
  • Vietnam's policy toward major powers in the Asia Pacific and ASEAN as a grouping and ASEAN member countries
1:30-4:00 p.m. — Session IV
Vietnam-US Relations: Moving Toward the 21st Century

Chair: Dr. Kurt BURCH, Associate Professor, University of Delaware

Topics:

  • Major achievements and obstacles
  • Policy recommendations to promote bilateral relations between the two countries, creating a framework for cooperation in the new millennium.
4:00-4:30 p.m. — Closing Session