Delhi, Bangkok, and Naypyidaw: Choices, Concerns, and Options


About the Webinar

When the Myanmar military seized state power in 2021, Delhi and Bangkok were among Myanmar’s neighbours continuing engagement with the State Administration Council (SAC) military regime in Naypyidaw for pragmatic reasons. Thailand initiated, and India continued, Track 1.5 “neighbour diplomacy” discussions with the SAC. Delhi and Bangkok have opted to continue economic interactions with Naypyidaw, amid escalating conflict along the respective borders. The shift in conflict dynamics in Myanmar has also affected how Delhi and Bangkok view and address refugee/migrant flows, and the increasing visibility and spread of transnational crime activities along the border.

The ISEAS Myanmar Studies Programme invites two analysts to discuss the choices, concerns and options for Delhi and Bangkok in their continuing interactions with Naypyidaw as the 2021 coup aftermath enters a fourth year.

About the Speakers

Angshuman Choudhury is currently Associate Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He previously coordinated the South East Asia Research Programme at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. Angshuman follows developments in Myanmar and Northeast India, focusing on, among others, ethnic armed conflicts, peace processes, Rohingya crisis, and foreign policy. He is also the co-founder of Myanmar India Collective, a collaborative knowledge network of scholars from India and Myanmar.

Bhanubhatra Jittiang is the Vice Dean for Academic and International Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He is also the Founding Director of the Nelson Mandela Center for Conflict Resolution, Atrocity Prevention, and Human Security, and has researched the human security challenges of Myanmar refugees in Thailand.

Moe Thuzar (discussant) is a senior fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, where she coordinates the Myanmar Studies Programme. Moe was a lead researcher in the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS from 2008 to 2019, and spent nine years at the ASEAN Secretariat prior to joining ISEAS. She has co-authored, co-edited, and contributed to several compendia and edited volumes on ASEAN, and Myanmar.


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May 16 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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