Clara Gillispie
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Myanmar's Growing Regional Role

Myanmar’s foreign policy development and growing regional role are affecting not only the country’s own economic development but also the strength and coherence of ASEAN. Despite notable setbacks in Myanmar’s democratic transition, the country’s strategic and political outlooks continue to evolve. Understanding the domestic and regional dynamics that shape Myanmar’s foreign policy is critical to supporting its re-emergence as a responsible state.

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 laid the groundwork for the subsequent report “Myanmar’s Growing Regional Role,” which aimed to support Myanmar’s 2014 chairmanship of ASEAN.