The Vietnam War Then and Now: Assessing the Critical Lessons

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy May 2015Photo: Ron Cogswell (Flickr)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the major U.S. military escalation in Vietnam and the 40th anniversary of the war’s end.

New posts in the May 2015 issue of Peace Policy:

Historian Marilyn Young examines how things might have played out differently in Vietnam. For example, what if President Truman had answered Ho Chi Minh's letters? More »

Military analyst Andrew Bacevich explores how the U.S. government responded to the "Vietnam Syndrome" — a pronounced reluctance to use force for fear of adverse consequences. More »

Policy expert David Cortright identifies the critical lessons of the war — ignorance, arrogance, and absence of a viable local ally — and how all three continue to characterize U.S. policy today. More »

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