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Secretary Clinton to Address Conference on the American Experience in Southeast Asia

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 27, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address a conference on “The American Experience in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975” sponsored by the Department of State’s Office of the Historian, on September 29 at approximately 9:50 a.m. at the Department of State.

Following Secretary Clinton’s remarks, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke will address the conference. Ambassador John Negroponte will address the conference on September 30.

Additional sessions will provide analysis of the American experience in Southeast Asia as a complement to the completion of the Indochina/Vietnam War documentary histories prepared by the Office of the Historian in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. The Office of the Historian has printed over 24,500 pages of policy related documents in approximately 26 volumes.

The program will also include a panel on the media and the Vietnam War to discuss the impact of the press on public opinion and United States policy. Marvin Kalb will moderate the panel, which will consist of journalists who reported from Vietnam or about the Vietnam War and a public affairs official who directed media relations for Embassy Saigon. One broadcast journalist—Morley Safer—and two print journalists—William Beecher and Edith Lederer—will participate, as will the former Director of Media Relations at Embassy Saigon, Barry Zorthian. The conference will include former U.S. policy makers and members of the academic community.

The conference takes place from 9:40 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on September 29th and from 8:55 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on September 30th.

For the full program of events, click here.

The conference is open to credentialed members of the media.

Wednesday, September 29
Pre-set time for video cameras: 7:45 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:15 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance.

*Media covering Secretary Clinton’s 9:50 a.m. remarks are strongly encouraged to remain until the conclusion of remarks by Former Secretary Kissinger and Ambassador Holbrooke.

Thursday, September 30
Pre-set time for video cameras: 7:45 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance.

Lindsay Krasnoff, Office of Historian, Department of State (202) 663-1942

Office of Press Relations, Department of State (202) 647-2492

PRN: 2010/1353

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