Vietnam, a growing economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia, has seen a significant increase in engagement with the U.S. amid escalating U.S.-China competition in the region. On March 1, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a virtual fireside conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc E. Knapper and Brookings Senior Fellow Jonathan Stromseth on U.S. policy toward Vietnam, the top priorities in the relationship, and what bilateral opportunities and challenges lie ahead.
A highly distinguished member of the senior foreign service, Ambassador Knapper previously served as deputy assistant secretary for Korea and Japan from August 2018 to July 2021. In his discussion, Ambassador Knapper offered insights into the current state-of-play of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship and recent developments in Vietnam.