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The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to announce a major initiative on Myanmar’s regional role in Southeast Asia. The Issues Myanmar’s recent domestic reforms and improved relations with the United States, European Union, Japan, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have opened the door for Myanmar to be an important regional player. The key—Myanmar’s foreign policy development and growing regional role—will not only have an impact on the country’s own economic development but also have significant implications for the strength and coherence of ASEAN. As Naypyidaw prepares to serve as the 2014 chair of ASEAN, the time is ripe to find ways to support Myanmar’s re-emergence and to deepen understanding of the dynamic that will shape the country’s new foreign policy. Project Objectives • Explore how Myanmar’s political and economic reforms open a window for the development of a more robust foreign policy and enhanced engagement with ASEAN, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific • Offer recommendations for external partners to support Myanmar and a strong, cohesive ASEAN Project Activities • In October of 2013, NBR organized a study tour of Myanmar by the project’s senior advisors to meet with government, business, and civil society stakeholders. This will lay the groundwork for the subsequent report “Myanmar’s Growing Regional Role,” which aims to support Myanmar’s 2014 chairmanship of ASEAN. • A public report rollout in Washington, D.C., will highlight the findings of the study trip and implications for U.S. policy. • A workshop on the U.S. West Coast will provide a venue for scholars, civil society representatives, business leaders, and government officials to discuss Myanmar’s re-emergence. Policy Importance NBR has identified the opportunities and challenges presented by Myanmar’s re-emergence and is providing recommendations for Myanmar, the United States, and other regional actors as Naypyidaw assumes a more prominent international role. This includes outlining specific steps the international community can take to facilitate Myanmar’s development of a capable foreign ministry, active civil society, and strong cohort of experts integrated into regional networks. Myanmar’s Growing Regional Role Photo by Boy-piyaphon the national bureau of asian research seattle and washington, d.c.,, @nbrnews 1414 ne 42nd street, suite 300 seattle, washington 98105 usa phone 206-632-7370, fax 206-632-7487 1301 pennsylvania avenue nw, suite 305 washington, d.c. 20004 usa phone 202-347-9767, fax 202-347-9766 Senior Advisors Mely Caballero-Anthony Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University Priscilla Clapp Minister-Counselor (Retired), U.S. Foreign Service Catharin Dalpino Contract Course Chair, Foreign Service Institute Morten Pedersen Senior Lecturer in International and Political Studies, University of New South Wales Project Leads Meredith Miller Senior Vice President of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs & Outreach; Director of the Washington, D.C., Office The National Bureau of Asian Research Abraham M. Denmark Vice President for Political and Security Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research Project Sponsor Project Supporter Related NBR Events and Publications “Myanmar’s Health Infrastructure: The Evolving Context for Foreign Engagement,”a roundtable with Benjamin Shobert (May 22, 2013, Seattle, Washington) “The Maritime Boundary Dispute Between Bangladesh and Myanmar: Motivations, Potential Solutions, and Implications,” by Jared Bissinger in Asia Policy 10 (July 2010) “Burma/Myanmar: The Practicalities of Engagement,”a forum convened by NBR, the Atlantic Council of the United States, and the U.S.–ASEAN Business Council (April 26, 2010, Washington, D.C.) “Burma/Myanmar: Views from the Ground and the International Community,”a forum convened by NBR, the Atlantic Council of the United States, and the U.S.–ASEAN Business Council, in cooperation with Refugees International (May 8, 2009, Washington, D.C.) For additional information on NBR’s previous work, please visit NBR Board of Advisors Michael Armacost Stanford University Nicholas Eberstadt American Enterprise Institute Karl Eikenberry Stanford University Donald Emmerson Stanford University Aaron Friedberg Princeton University Robert Gilpin Princeton University Lee Hamilton Indiana University Stephen Hanson College of William and Mary Harry Harding University of Virginia Donald Hellmann University of Washington Robert J. Herbold The Herbold Group, LLC Carla A. Hills Hills & Company David Lampton Johns Hopkins University Nicholas Lardy Peterson Institute for International Economics Richard Lawless New Magellan Ventures Chae-Jin Lee Claremont McKenna College Kenneth Lieberthal Brookings Institution Rajan Menon City College of New York Mary Minnick...


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