The Richard Nixon Presidential Library
To understand the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region today, it is essential to look at the historical context in which the different regional players make their economic and foreign policy decisions. The history of US-Asia relations thus constitutes a central topic. In the last decade, the historical leadership role of the US in the Asia-Pacific has been increasingly put into question by the emergence of China as a major regional and global power.
However, the debate about the limits of American power in Asia is nothing new. For instance, in the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s, policymakers, journalists, and business leaders were discussing the effects of the debacle in Vietnam on America‘s standing in Asia and the world. In fact, the Vietnam War offers a fascinating historical example of the various regional and global powers following their own agendas in Indochina.
I conducted extensive research on the Vietnam War and hold a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. In early 2016, my book entitled “The War after the War: The Struggle for Credibility during America’s Exit from Vietnam” was published by Cornell University Press.
In my talks I approach issues of modern Asia from an historical perspective.