U.S.-Vietnam Relations

December 3, 1993 • Volume 3, Issue 45
Should the U.S. normalize relations with its old enemy?
By Mary H. Cooper


Eighteen years after the last American forces withdrew from Vietnam, the United States still maintains an economic embargo against its old enemy. The reason: Despite repeated U.S. requests for information about 2,248 missing American servicemen, U.S. officials say Hanoi has refused to hand over surviving prisoners, the remains of deceased soldiers or documents that could explain their fate. While many Americans long have backed the embargo as a way to force Vietnam to hand over more information, the call of economic opportunity in Asia, including Vietnam, is eroding that support. That leaves the Clinton administration walking a fine line between honoring the demands of the friends and relatives of missing servicemen and helping American businesses compete in the burgeoning Asian marketplace.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Vietnam War
Feb. 18, 2000  Legacy of the Vietnam War
Dec. 03, 1993  U.S.-Vietnam Relations
Mar. 18, 1988  Vietnam: Unified, Independent and Poor
Jul. 06, 1984  Agent Orange: The Continuing Debate
Nov. 04, 1983  MIAs: Decade of Frustration
Mar. 11, 1983  Vietnam War Reconsidered
Oct. 21, 1977  Vietnam Veterans: Continuing Readjustment
Jan. 18, 1974  Vietnam Aftermath
Feb. 21, 1973  Vietnam Veterans
Jun. 09, 1971  Prospects for Democracy in South Vietnam
May 06, 1970  Cambodia and Laos: the Widening War
Jan. 07, 1970  War Atrocities and the Law
Jul. 02, 1969  Resolution of Conflicts
Apr. 17, 1968  Reconstruction in South Vietnam
Aug. 23, 1967  Political Evolution in South Viet Nam
Jan. 11, 1967  Rural Pacification in South Viet Nam
May 26, 1965  Political Instability in South Viet Nam
Mar. 25, 1964  Neutralization in Southeast Asia
Apr. 17, 1963  Task in South Viet Nam
Jun. 14, 1961  Guerrilla Warfare
May 17, 1961  Threatened Viet Nam
Sep. 23, 1959  Menaced Laos
Economic Development
Military Law and Justice
Regional Political Affairs: East Asia and the Pacific
U.S. at War: Vietnam