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What action, if any, should be taken by outside actors to support reform in Myanmar?

Asked by Talee
Author: Joshua Kurlantzick

Despite impressive changes over the past three years, Myanmar (or Burma) now faces growing insecurity and rising disappointment among citizens that reform has not brought higher standards of living. Interethnic and interreligious unrest now threaten to halt reforms altogether, depress much-needed investment, and could even lead to broader regional tensions.

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Speaker: Joshua Kurlantzick
Speaker: Lex Rieffel
Presider: Romesh Ratnesar

Following Myanmar's April by-elections, the United States and others have discussed the possibility of lifting sanctions, opening aid and investment opportunities, and normalizing diplomatic relations with the military-backed civilian government. Please join Joshua Kurlantzick and Lex Rieffel to assess the challenges and opportunities of modifying U.S. political and economic policy toward Myanmar.

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In advance of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit in December, the Council on Foreign Relations held a meeting conducted via live videoconference with Aung San Suu Kyi.

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