Burma/Myanmar

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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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Myanmar’s New Government: The Challenges Ahead

Speaker: Priscilla A. Clapp
Speaker: Derek J. Mitchell
Presider: Paul B. Stares

Priscilla A. Clapp, former U.S. chief of mission to Myanmar (1999-2002), and Derek J. Mitchell, former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar (2012-2016), discussed the country's new government and the challenges it faces in securing the transition to democracy. The speakers reflected on recent changes in Myanmar since the November 2015 election.

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U.S. Policy Options Toward Myanmar

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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A Conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi

Speaker: Aung San Suu Kyi
Presider: Paula J. Dobriansky
Host: Mark P. Lagon

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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