Book Talk – Former U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius, Nothing is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam


Wednesday, April 20, 2022


12:00 PM


1:30 PM


The SCGRC was delighted to host former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Ted Osius for an in-person book discussion of Nothing is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam, in conversation with Prof. Andrew Mertha, the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and the Inaugural Director of the SAIS Global China Research Center. The event was co-sponsored with SAIS South Asia Studies.

Event Guests

Ted Osius

A diplomat for nearly thirty years, Ted Osius served from 2014 to 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, a country he has loved since serving there in the 1990s, when he helped open the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and was one of the first U.S. diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. Leading a mission team of 900, Ambassador Osius devised and implemented strategies to deepen security ties, sign tens of billions of dollars’ worth of commercial deals, expand educational exchange, conclude agreements on trade, law enforcement, environmental protection, and address honestly a difficult past. Ambassador Osius’ leadership helped bring about a positive transformation in U.S.-Vietnam relations.

Under four Presidents and seven Secretaries of State, Ambassador Osius contributed to reconciliation not just between governments, but between former combatants, and the people of both nations. The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to serve in East Asia, he was only the second career diplomat in U.S. history to achieve that rank.

Ambassador Osius earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an Honorary Doctorate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education. A member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam, Ambassador Osius loves all kinds of travel, biking, sailing, theater and photography.