pacific forum History of Pacific Forum

United States-Vietnam Relations: Charting the Next 25 Years & Beyond



Public Virtual Event


October 20, 2020 (US) | October 21, 2020 (Asia)

Session 1 of the U.S.-Vietnam Indo-Pacific Conversation Series
View the Event Recording on YouTube 


Marie Damour
Consul General of the
United States to Ho Chi Minh City

Le Dinh Tinh
Director General, Institute of Foreign Policy &
Strategic Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

About the Session

Since the establishment of formal relations between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the United States in 1995, the two countries have forged a vibrant and valuable partnership. Today, the two countries have forged a vibrant and valuable partnership in the Indo-Pacific. What are some of the biggest achievements of US-Vietnam relations? What are the areas of convergence and divergence in the two countries’ foreign policy priorities? What are their expectations towards each other in the areas of security, economics and politics as they chart the next 25 years in their relations?

About the Speakers

 width=Marie C. Damour is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, having joined the State Department in 1993, and is assigned to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as Consul General beginning in August 2019.  She has previously served as Director in the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, as well as in the Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Consular Affairs.  Previous overseas assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission in Wellington, New Zealand; Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Brasilia, Brazil; and Chief of Visa Services at the U.S. Embassy in London.  She has also served domestically as Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary, as well as Consular Chief overseas in Iraq, Vietnam, and Mauritania.  Ms. Damour is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia; she speaks French, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.


 width=Le Dinh Tinh is Acting Director-General of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies – Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam (DAV). Previously, he was Political Counselor at the Embassy of Viet Nam in Washington DC. He also held other positions such as Deputy Director-General of Bien Dong Institute for Maritime Studies –  DAV, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Policy Planning, and Deputy Chief of the Cabinet – Viet Nam Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With a focus on Viet Nam foreign policy and Asia-Pacific security, his various publications have appeared on the Diplomat, Global Asia, East Asia Forum, ISEAS, RSIS, CSIS, Asia-Pacific Bulletin, the World Today-Chatham House, Routledge, and domestic publishing houses. He obtained his Ph.D. from DAV, MPA from the University of Hawaii, and was a degree fellow at the East-West Center.

This series is held with support from the US Consul General Ho Chi Minh City.

 width=       width=