The Vietnam War Summit

LBJ Presidential Library | April 26-28, 2016

About the Summit

When the LBJ Presidential Library was dedicated in May 1971, President Johnson proclaimed to the assembled crowd, "It's all here, the story of our time--with the bark off. There is no record of a mistake, or an unpleasantness or a criticism, that is not included in the files here." Accordingly, he wanted his presidential library to reflect not only the triumphs of his administration, but the failures, too--and he wanted us to learn from them to build a better future for our country.

In keeping with President Johnson's vision for his library, we will take a substantive, unvarnished look at the most controversial facet of his legacy: The Vietnam War. Our goal is to shed definitive light on the war, its lessons, and legacy. It is also our intent to invite, include, and recognize the men and women who courageously served in Vietnam.

The passage of years offers greater perspective and an opportunity to elucidate the complexities of a war that altered not only our history, but our perception of ourselves as a nation. To look at it with the bark off may help us to move on stronger and more united. That would have been President Johnson's hope, just as it remains ours.

The summit is co-hosted by The University of Texas at Austin.

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Recap: An Evening with Henry Kissinger
Recap: Henry Kissinger
  • April 29, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Henry Kissinger spoke in conversation with LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark K. Updegrove.

Keynote Address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
Recap: John Kerry & Ken Burns
  • April 26, 2016

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry gave the keynote address, followed by a conversation with Ken Burns.

Recap Day Three: Summit
Recap: Day 3 Summit
  • April 29, 2016

On the summit's last day, we heard from veterans, musicians, and Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Pham Quang Vinh.