(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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To fight against Communist groups in Laos and Vietnam, CIA operatives begin clandestine activities in Laos in 1953, and eventually form alliances with the Hmong, who are led by Major General Vang Pao (Royal Lao Army). Such covert war-making, known…

In 9 November 1953, the Pathet Lao begins its conflict with the Kingdom of Laos, signaling the start of both the Laotian Civil War and the Second Indochina War (referred to in the U.S. as the Vietnam War).

On 22 October 1953, the Franco-Lao Treaty of Amity and Association was signed, recognizing Laos as a fully independent and sovereign state under the control of the Royal Lao government.

As war between France and Vietnam escalates, the Viet Minh’s People’s Army of Vietnam invades the northeastern part of the French Protectorate of Laos on 12 April 1953. This provides the opportunity for the Pathet Lao to establish a "resistance…

The French assembly passes the Elysée Agreement on 29 January 1950, granting limited autonomy to the Associated States of Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) within the French Union.

On 28 December 1998, Hun Sen stresses that the Khmer Rouge should be “welcomed with a bouquet of flowers” and that the country should begin the 21st-century with a “clean slate,” as two more high-ranking Khmer Rouge officials, Khieu Samphan…

On 26 July 1998, Hun Sen, via the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), wins the general election in Cambodia and become prime minister.

While under house arrest by Ta Mok, a senior Khmer Rouge military chief, Pol Pot dies of a heart attack on 15 April 1998, just as plans were being made to capture him and bring him to trial

Remaining Khmer Rouge members put Pol Pot on trial on 25 July 1997 and sentence him to life imprisonment. International observers condemn the trial as merely a show trial.

Ung Huot replaces Ranariddh as the first Prime Minister on 6 August 1997.
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