Global Affairs Presentation Explores Whether Iraq Will Become Another Vietnam

Posted: October 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Hung Nguyen, associate professor of government and international relations in the Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA), presents a different perspective on the war in Iraq today at the Global Affairs brown bag lecture. The lecture, “Is Iraq Going to Be Another Vietnam?” is held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D1.

“My talk is a preliminary assessment of the similarities and differences between the Vietnam War (1959-1975) and the current war in Iraq in terms of their rationales, development, and impacts on American politics and the global system,” says Hung. “I will also attempt to answer the question of whether the Iraqi war is going to be a quagmire for the United States.”

Hung is the director of the Indochina Program and program coordinator of the Asia Pacific Studies Minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his License en Droit from the Faculty of Law, University of Saigon, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia. Prior to 1975, Hung was professor of international politics at the National School of Public Administration and the University of Saigon, Vietnam, and a frequent lecturer at the National Defense College.

In addition, Hung served in a number of positions in the Vietnamese government, including chair of several committees to reorganize the Vietnamese civil service. He is a former Fulbright scholar and social science research council fellow, and author of several books and articles, including The Challenge of Vietnam’s Reconstruction. Hung has been a member of several private and semi-official groups dealing with U.S. policy toward Indochina.

This is the second in a series of monthly presentations by faculty members interested in global, international, or regional topics. RSVP to Marcy Glover at (703) 993-8770 or < a href="mailto:mglover2@gmu.edu">mglover2@gmu.edu. For more information, visit the Global Affairs web site.

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