April 29, 2015 - May 1, 2015


The 40th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War and 50th anniversary of the major U.S. escalation and first antiwar protests provide an appropriate occasion for reflecting upon the history of the war and examining its critical lessons. The U.S. Department of Defense is sponsoring an official Vietnam War Commemoration to honor veterans of the war and highlight the service of the armed forces, while also paying tribute to the contributions of people on the home front during that long and difficult period of American history. It is appropriate to honor those who served, but it is also necessary to learn the lessons of the war.

The conference on “Assessing the Critical Lessons” examined the following themes:

> Was the war just?
> War or revolution?
> A winnable war?
> The misconduct of war and impacts in Vietnam
> Diplomacy
> Lessons in U.S. Foreign Policy
> The Anti-war movement

This conference addressed these and related questions through a systematic assessment of the decisions that led to the war and of the ways in which the war was fought.

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Panel 1: Was the War Just?


Panel 2: War or Revolution?

Panel 3: A Winnable War?

Panel 4 (Roundtable): The Misconduct of War and Impacts in Vietnam

Panel 5: Diplomacy

Panel 6: Lessons for U.S. Foreign Policy

Panel 7 (Roundtable): The Anti-War Movement


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