A new Asia Society report takes stock of progress and challenges in Myanmar’s reform process over the past two years and thinks through ways forward for U.S.-Myanmar relations.
Co-authored by former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar Priscilla Clapp and Asia Society’s Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio, the report draws on Asia Society’s ongoing U.S.-Myanmar Initiative, which was launched in 2009, as well as the authors’ recent visit to Myanmar that included consultations with parliamentarians, senior government officials, President Thein Sein’s advisors, business and civil society leaders, activists, and journalists.
The report was launched at an event that brought together in conversation the authors; U Kyaw Tin, Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United Nations; and Ike Reed, Director of the Office of Mainland Southeast Asia at the U.S. Department of State, on June 26 at Asia Society’s headquarters in New York.
Sustaining Myanmar's Transition: Ten Critical Challenges builds on nearly four years of Myanmar-focused policy dialogue and analysis carried out by Asia Society, including Advancing Myanmar’s Transition: A Way Forward for U.S. Policy, which assesses the nature of the changes under way in Myanmar and recommends measures that the United States should take to encourage and support the institutionalization of sustainable democracy in Myanmar. These efforts also expand on the work carried out by Asia Society’s Task Force on U.S. Policy toward Myanmar, as well as seminal meetings convened by the Society in New York in September 2011 that brought together for the first time policy makers from Myanmar, the United States, and the broader international community to informally discuss prospects for Myanmar’s reform.
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"10 Steps Myanmar Must Take," CNN.com, 24 June 2013
"Sustaining Myanmar's Transition: Ten Critical Challenges," Asia Blog, 24 June 2013