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Professor Richard C. Thornton received his BA from Colgate in Russian and Far Eastern Affairs and his PhD in history from the University of Washington, with emphasis on the modern histories of the United States, Russia, China, and Japan. He has taught at George Washington University since 1967. He is the author of numerous books, including a four-volume history of President Reagan’s foreign policy.

Dr. James D. Perry received a BA in History from Arizona State University, an MA in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University, and a PhD in History from George Washington University. After earning his doctorate, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has worked for fifteen years in the defense industry. He currently conducts research and analysis for a major aerospace corporation.

Dr. F. Charles Parker graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1968. As an Army officer, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in Europe, Vietnam, Korea, and the United States. He retired as a Colonel in 1996. He was a member of NATO’s international staff from 1996 until 2012. He has an MA in Russian Studies and a PhD in History from Georgetown University. He is the author of Vietnam: Strategy for a Stalemate, published by Paragon House in 1989.

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  1. Dr. Parker, I listened to your 2016 presentation “America and Europe: Alliance or Amerexit?” And not having seen you in nearly fifty years, I would like to reconnect. Chuck, reach out to your old friend Sam Young!

  2. Dr Parker, My area of analysis was Soviet encirclement of China during the Sino-Soviet Conflict and found your book the single most “on point” study of that issue. This would have been critical to Moscow’s encirclement of China with Hanoi providing the lower SE Asian arc of China’s encirclement, given that Vietnam had been running Comintern operations through Vietnamese immigrants all the way to their headquarters in Rangoon. The North Korean regime has, as it does today for Russia, played a critical role in Soviet plans for the encirclement of China. Le Duan, with Soviet assistance, took control of the Dang Lao Dong. The Soviet actions in the North needs much more public study as the history of our “Vietnam War” and what was at issue, right or wrong, needs careful review, especially in light of our Afghan and Iraq experiences.

    I returned to my life’s direction in neurosurgery and and neuroscience. But, to honor my father, I chose to study at his Medical School in Bucharest so as to reconnect with my family there. As a professional I also returned to my studies of sensorimotor function. Thousands of documents that I had in my possession had to be destroyed to make room for my neuroscience materials. But not books, never books. And especially not your, “Vietnam: Strategy for a Stalemate.”

    I don’t imagine Vietnam is as clear a living memory for you ss it is for me. Because of the anguish I feel our side suffered because of errors and abandonment of Vietnam, and worst still our repeat of many errors since, I cannot look at anything on Cold War History as I did in my academic encounters with the “Revisionist” academic Cold War historians. Fortunately, I had my own field in which to go. But I always wondered what kind of America are we leaving for our children by never learned from the costly lessons of History.

    At any rate, you and Prof. Thornton are the most memorable figures in my mind from those days. It would really be quite a delight to speak with you. I am now retired, suffering from vascular insufficiencies ij my own area of supposed expertise. So I am now looking at my marked up copy of your book”Strategy for a Stalemate” and have very fond memories of our few conversations while you were young and in transit. If possible, a chance to talk with you and Prof. Thornton would be quite a high point in this era of domination by the CoV2 virus which seems a lot more tricky than we are in dealing with each other.

    Should circumstances and Fate not allow contact, I want to take this occasion to hail and greet you and Prof. Thornton and to avow the tremendous contribution you both made to pedagogy. You probably are not aware of how many students think of you both in heroic terms.

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