Burma/Myanmar: Views from the Ground and the International Community


On May 8, 2009, the Atlantic Council of the United States, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and NBR in cooperation with Refugees International convened this forum to inform policymakers about the situation in Burma/Myanmar and the international response. Representatives of the international community, humanitarian workers with on-the ground experience, experts, and the policy community in Washington, D.C., joined together for an off-the record discussion. Experts and aid workers addressed questions about the humanitarian situation, which is on the verge of crisis, highlighting what programs are successful and where the needs are greatest. Members of the international community shared their approaches and explored avenues for better international coordination.

Forum Information and Materials

Forum Proceedings

WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS

Frances Zwenig, Counselor, US-ASEAN Business Council

PANEL I: HUMANITARIAN ISSUES: THE VIEW FROM THE GROUND

What is the humanitarian situation? What programs are most successful? Where are their opportunities for improving international cooperation?

Moderator
The Honorable Morton Abramowitz, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Scene Setter
Morten Pedersen, Research Fellow, Australian National University

Panelists
Andrew Kirkwood, Country Director, Save the Children, Burma
Debbie Aung Din, Country Director, International Development Enterprises
Richard Horsey, Open Society Fellow

PANEL II: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND APPROACHES

What approach do the neighbors and key economic partners take to addressing the humanitarian situation? Are their opportunities for closer international coordination?

Moderator
The Honorable Richard Armitage, President, Armitage International

Panelists

Singapore

HE Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

Japan

Keiichi Ono, Director, First Southeast Asia Division, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Thailand

Charge d’Affaires Damrong Kraikruan, Royal Thai Embassy

Norway

HE Ambassador Wegger Christian Strommen

Australia

David Stuart, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Australia

CLOSING REMARKS

Thant Myint-U, Author, The River of Lost Footsteps

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