World Affairs

From Enemies to Partners- Vietnam, the U.S. and Agent Orange has been released in a Japanese edition

August 10, 2022  • Le Ke Son and Charles R. Bailey

More than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam are addressing the negative consequences of Agent Orange, the dioxin-contaminated herbicide used during the war. In 2021, a group of Japanese scientists, who have researched the consequences of Agent Orange/ dioxin in Vietnam for decades, decided that there is a ready audience for From Enemies to Partners in Japan. They asked the two authors each to write a new preface addressed to Japanese readers.

In these two new essays Dr. Son and Dr. Bailey recount how each became an advocate on Agent Orange, what they learned, and progress on victim assistance and dioxin clean up in the five years since their book was published.