On January 27, 1973 the Paris Peace Conference agreed to U.S. withdrawal of all troops and advisors from Vietnam, withdrawal of all foreign troops from Laos and Cambodia, and a ceasefire throughout Vietnam. It is inherently significant — as the culmination of a failed U.S. enterprise that cost vast sums of money and millions of lives. It is also relevant to the present on the question of “betraying” an ally — as applied not only to U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, but to the U.S. engagement in Ukraine and the implicit commitment to persevere.
Join a conversation of eminent historians to unpack and examine the meaning and lessons of the end of U.S. combat in Vietnam, 50 years later. Featuring Hofstra University historian Carolyn Eisenberg, author of the just published Fire and Rain: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Wars in Southeast Asia, and Arnold Isaacs, Vietnam war correspondent and author of Without Honor. Andrew Bacevich, Vietnam veteran, historian and co-founder and Chair of the Quincy Institute, will moderate.