The Changing Face of Vietnam: How Free Trade Is Finally Ending the War in Indochina

  • 2012

The Changing Face of Vietnam: How Free Trade Is Finally Ending the War in Indochina

Author:
Joseph Linhart
Abstract:

1973 saw the United States formally leave South Vietnam, after nearly two decades and over 58,000 American lives were lost to prop up the non-communist government that ultimately collapsed two years later.

Yet 20 years later, a new American invasion has essentially begun, and not one with soldiers wearing green but rather with businessmen carrying greenbacks. This resumption of economic and now even diplomatic ties with Vietnam may prove to be the US’s most successful attempt to influence the Southeast Asian country since WWII. Even more significant, this new form of engagement with Vietnam could serve to be a model for how the US should look to tackle more recalcitrant countries like Iran, Cuba, and North Korea.