On a mild, sunny morning last November, Chuck Searcy and I drove out along a spur of the old Ho Chi Minh Trail to the former Marine base at Khe Sanh, which sits in a bowl of green mountains and coffee plantations in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, hard on the border with Laos. The seventy-seven-day siege of Khe Sanh in early 1968, coinciding with the Tet Offensive, was the longest battle of what Vietnamese call the American War and a pivotal event in the conflict.
Professor Carlyle Thayer is Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Director of Thayer Consultancy, and Southeast Asia columnist for The Diplomat. He was educated at Brown University, and was awarded an M.A. in Southeast Asia Studies from Yale University and a PhD in international relations from The Australian National University. Professor Thayer has held senior appointments at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, the Australian Command and Staff College and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University (2005) and Ohio University (2008).
The Chinese call it Nan Hai, the Malaysians call it Laut Cina Selatan, the Filipinos call it Dagat Kanlurang Pilipinas and the Vietnamese call it Biển Đông. Three years after the Philippines initiated proceedings against China under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the five judges on the Arbitral Tribunal finally rendered their long-anticipated judgement in a “unanimous Award” on 12 July 2016
The Ming Shi-lu (明實錄) (also known as the Veritable Records of the Ming Dynasty) is a collective name for the successive reign annals of the emperors of Ming China (1368-1644). Each of the shi-lu comprises an account of one emperor's reign, and was compiled after that emperor's death on the basis of a number of sources created during the reign. These collected texts, which run to close to 40,000 pages of unpunctuated, manuscript Classical Chinese constitute one of the most important primary texts of the Ming dynasty, and contain a wealth of materials unrecorded in other sources.
Office of the secretary of defense regrading action
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy University of Washington 2015
DURING THE SUMMER OF 1958, I cut my vacation short and rushed off to San Francisco to meet the four leading police figures of South Vietnam. Among them they controlled the Saigon police, the national police and the VBI, South Vietnam's equivalent of the FBI.
The Rise and Fall (?) of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam