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University of Virginia Conference to Examine Lessons of the Vietnam War

April 6, 2000 -- April 30 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, South Vietnam, and the end of an unsuccessful war that claimed more than 58,000 American lives and nearly tore the nation apart. But the country still has no agreed-upon set of "lessons" from the Vietnam War to guide us in the future, say the sponsors of a University of Virginia conference on the war. While all Americans may embrace the slogan "No More Vietnams," for some that means "don't become involved" in foreign conflicts and for others "don't fail to win."

On April 28 and 29, the Center for National Security Law at the U.Va. School of Law will sponsor a conference on "The Real Lessons of the Vietnam War: Reflections 25 Years After the Fall of Saigon." The conference, which is open to the public, will include a diverse mix of scholars, authors, diplomats, and current and former members of the armed forces.

Lawrence S. Eagleburger, who worked closely in a variety of capacities with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the Vietnam era and who himself served as U.S. Secretary of State during the Bush Administration, will deliver the keynote address at a dinner beginning at 8 p.m. April 28 in Caplin Pavilion..

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in Caplin Auditorium.

Participants are expected to include:

B.G. Burkett (author of "Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of its Heroes and Its History")

Wolfgang Lehman (former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Saigon)

Michael Lind (author of "Vietnam: the Necessary War")

John Norton Moore (author of "Law and the Indo-China War" and other works)

Stephen Morris (author of "Why Vietnam Invaded Cambodia")

Mark Moyar (author of "Phoenix and the Birds of Prey")

John E. Mueller (author of "War, Presidents and Public Opinion")

Douglas Pike (author of "Viet Cong, PAVN, History of Vietnamese Communism")

Jeffrey Record (former aide to Sen. Sam Nunn and author of "The Wrong War")

Peter Rodman (former National Security Council staff member, director of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department, and author of "More Precious Than Peace")

Richard Shultz (author of "The Secret War Against Hanoi")

Gary Solis (author of "Son Thang: An American War Crime" and other works)

Lewis Sorley (author of "A Better War")

Gregory Stanton (director of the Campaign to End Genocide and former State Department expert on Cambodia)

Robert F. Turner (author of "Vietnamese Communism")

For further information, contact Robert F. Turner at (804) 924-4083 or see the Center's web page at http://www.virginia.edu/cnsl/home.html.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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