Former Ambassador Ted Osius retired from the State Department in late 2017, after nearly 30 years as a diplomat. From 2014 to 2017, he served as U.S. ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a country he has loved since serving there in the 1990s, when he helped open the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and was one of the first U.S. diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. As ambassador, leading a mission team of 900, Osius devised and implemented strategies to deepen security ties, sign tens of billions of dollars’ worth of commercial deals, expand educational exchange, and conclude agreements on trade, law enforcement, environmental protection, and addressing honestly a difficult past. He was the first U.S. Ambassador to receive the Order of Friendship from the government of Vietnam.
Ambassador Osius was associate professor at the National War College and Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Osius also served as senior advisor on international affairs at the Office of the Vice President. He has authored numerous books and articles on Foreign Service tradecraft and U.S.-Asia policy, and is writing a book on U.S.-Vietnam relations. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. In 2018, Osius received an Honorary Doctorate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education. Ambassador Osius is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam.