Professor Pierre Asselin
Considered one of the leading authorities on Vietnam’s modern history, Pierre has spent over 20 years visiting and researching the country. He is Dwight E. Stanford Chair in the History of US Foreign Relations at San Diego State University.
Pierre has been granted rare access to archives by the Vietnamese government and his interest in internationalism and transnationalism during the Vietnam War has taken him to various other document repositories, including the Algerian National Archives.
He is the author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement and Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965. His latest book, Vietnam’s American War: A History explores the Vietnamese communist experience during the Vietnam War with a focus on how the Vietnamese David succeeded in defeating the American Goliath.
Pierre recently started work on his fourth book project, a history of the “global Vietnam War” casting the American war in Vietnam as an international political, social, and cultural phenomenon that irrevocably changed the world and served as harbinger for myriad transnational causes. In addition to relating the history of the conflict itself, the book will address the war’s effects in the United States, Western Europe, the Communist World, and the Third World.