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Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma/Myanmar: Options for U.S. Policy

Evening at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma/Myanmar: Options for U.S. Policy

In September 2009, the United States announced a new course in its policy toward Burma following a review undertaken by the Obama administration. Recognizing that decades of isolation and sanctions have done little to influence change in Burma, the U.S. introduced a policy of "pragmatic engagement," initiating efforts to expand channels of communication with Burma's military leaders.

Against this backdrop, the Asia Society established a high-level Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward Burma/Myanmar to assess the new policy direction and provide recommendations for how the U.S. can best pursue this path of engagement. By tying improvements in the bilateral relationship to concrete actions on the part of the Burmese leadership, the report elaborates how elements of the policy recommendations might play out according to both negative and positive developments. In addition to the report of the Task Force, the Asia Society is simultaneously releasing a wide-ranging review of Asian policy toward Burma, incorporating perspectives from leading experts in nine Asian countries, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.

Please join Task Force Co-Chairs, General (ret.) Wesley Clark and Henrietta Fore, along with Priscilla Clapp, former U.S. Chief of Mission in Burma, and the Society's Director of Policy Studies Suzanne DiMaggio for a discussion on the findings and recommendations outlined in the Task Force's report and the collection of reports from Asia.

Featured Speakers:

General Wesley Clark, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Task Force Co-Chair

Henrietta Fore, Former Administrator, USAID

Task Force Co-Chair

Priscilla Clapp, Former U.S. Chief of Mission in Burma

Suzanne DiMaggio, Director of Policy Studies, Asia Society

Task Force Director

Richard Solomon, President, USIP


Copies of the Task Force report and the collection of national policy reviews will be available at this event.

Free admission. Please RSVP at http://currentrealitiesinburma.eventbrite.com.

More information is available at: AsiaSociety.org/BurmaMyanmarReport.

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Event Details

Wed 31 Mar 2010
6:00am - 8:00am

United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW Washington D.C.

Free admission. Click on the button below to RSVP.