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Myanmar's Re-emergence: Prospects for U.S.-Myanmar Relations

NBR and the US-ASEAN Business Council co-hosted Myanmar's Re-emergence: Prospects for U.S.-Myanmar Relations, on March 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C. This discussion marked the roll-out of the NBR Special Report "Myanmar's Growing Regional Role," which assesses the current state of Myanmar and its role in Southeast Asia as 2014 ASEAN Chair.

The event featured remarks by the Honorable Kyaw Myo Htut, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. It also featured a panel discussion on the emergence of Myanmar into the international economy and how the country'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.

The expert panel included:

Mely Caballero-Anthony
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Carolyn Brehm
Procter & Gamble

Priscilla Clapp
U.S. Foreign Service (Ret.)

Catharin E. Dalpino
Foreign Service Institute

Meredith Miller
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Anthony Nelson
US-ASEAN Business Council

Morten Pedersen
University of New South Wales

The NBR Special Report and this event are part of Myanmar's Growing Regional Role, a project within NBR's Trade, Energy, and Economic Affairs group. For more details on the US-ASEAN Business Council's work in Myanmar, please visit

This event was made possible by: The Henry Luce Foundation, Chevron, and Procter & Gamble.

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. With the generous support of the Henry Luce foundation, NBR is proud to launch a new initiative: Myanmar's Growing Regional Role.

Senior policy experts at a December 2013 roundtable discussion examined the progress of Myanmar's reforms and considered how the reform process has affected the country’s relations with the United States, China, and ASEAN. Read a brief summary report: Myanmar’s Re-emergence and the Implications for U.S. Relations in Southeast Asia

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