May 17, 2016

Arms embargo, human rights confront Obama in Vietnam

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin

Journalist Thomas Maresca

Pressure to lift a decades-long arms embargo and complaints about continued human rights violations will confront President Obama when he makes his first visit to Vietnam on Monday, 41 years after the end of one of the most divisive wars in American history. 

The Vietnamese government is eager for Obama to lift an arms embargo in place since the 1980s, arguing it is necessary to counter an ever-more-assertive China on its border and in the South China Sea, where the two countries have overlapping territorial claims in the resource-rich sea.The United States eased the embargo in 2014 by lifting a ban on maritime defense items.


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  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...