Special Discussion: An Update on ASEAN’s Efforts in Myanmar


The ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute is honoured to have Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar H.E. Prak Sokhonn deliver the Keynote Speech at the “Special Discussion: An Update on ASEAN’s Efforts in Myanmar”.

A distinguished panel of regional thought leaders will discuss how ASEAN can move forward, lessons learnt in past engagements with Myanmar and how these can be instructive for the next ASEAN Special Envoy.

The Special Discussion programme is attached here for your information. The session will be moderated by Ms Sharon Seah, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the ASEAN Studies Centre.

(Please note: There will be no recording of the webinar. Chatham House rule applies)

About the Special Discussion

The rapidly changing global geopolitical environment post-Ukraine and domestic challenges of recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic have distracted the region from bringing Myanmar back into the ASEAN fold. As the ASEAN Chair, Cambodia plays an important and critical role in ensuring the implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and reaching a level of consensus in ASEAN’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. With the growing complexities in Myanmar’s political development, what are ASEAN’s options and the special envoy’s possible courses of action in facilitating and mediating constructive dialogue with all parties concerned? Following ASEAN Special Envoy Prak Sokhonn’s second official mission to Myanmar late last month, the Special Discussion on An Update on ASEAN’s Efforts in Myanmar will discuss the stalled implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus, especially in engaging with different stakeholders in Myanmar and in distributing humanitarian assistance via the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre).

About the Keynote Speaker

H.E. Prak Sokhonn has been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia since 2016 and the Chairman of the National Coordination Committee for the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia since 2005. He also served in numerous senior positions in the Royal Government of Cambodia. He was an Advisor to the Prime Minister (1993-2013), Deputy Secretary-General of the Royal Government of Cambodia (2003), Secretary of State of the Office of Council of Ministers (2004-2013), and Minister Attached to the Prime Minister (2009-2013). H.E. Prak Sokhonn is a distinguished diplomat, having served as Ambassador of Cambodia to France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the EU and the UN Office in Geneva, from 1999 to 2002.

About the Panellists

Mr Min Zin is the Executive Director of the Institute for Strategy and Policy (Myanmar), which is an independent, and nongovernmental think tank in Myanmar. He is a PhD candidate in Travers Department of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. Mr Min Zin studies comparative politics with a special focus on civil-military relations, democratization, and contentious politics. His writings appear in Journal of Democracy, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Social Research: An International Quarterly, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asian Survey and many edited books. Min Zin writes for The New York Times, and other media outlets.

Dr Marzuki Darusman is a prominent Indonesian political figure recognized for his extraordinary contributions to domestic and international human rights. He was a member of Parliament for the Golkar Party (1978-1999), Indonesian Attorney (1999-2001) and Cabinet Secretary (2001-2002). He then returned to Parliament, where he served until 2009. Dr Darusman chaired the National Human Rights Commission (KOMNAS HAM) and served on the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), ASEAN Working Group on Human Rights Mechanism, International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), amongst other senior positions. He is the former chairman of Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (PGRI). Dr Darusman currently is an active member of the ASEAN Inter Parliamentarians on Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) for Indonesia, and parliamentarian for Global Actions (PGA).

Ambassador Dr. Kobsak Chutikul is Adviser to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee of Thailand. A retired ambassador and former elected member of parliament, he last served as Special Adviser to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva from 2004 to 2012

Ms Adelina Dwi Ekawati Kamal is an Associate Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, with more than a quarter century experience with ASEAN, leading the AHA Centre as its Executive Director for five years, and prior to that, serving the ASEAN Secretariat for over two decades. She played a key role in the response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, leading ASEAN’s first humanitarian operations on the ground. In the past one year, she has been advocating out-of-the box approaches to humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, and provided advisories on localising humanitarian action, resilience, financing, regional governance, among others.

Ms Ye-Min Wu is Regional Director – South and South East Asia, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. She has more than 15 years of experience as a diplomat, having represented Singapore at the United Nations (UN), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and World Trade Organization (WTO). She has chaired UN negotiations, and represented the Group of 77 and China in negotiations on sustainable development issues. She was also Singapore’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO and WIPO. Ye-Min co-authored “Negotiating at the United Nations: A Practitioner’s Guide” (Routledge 2019), which is used as a textbook at various institutions.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Jul 21 2022


10:00 am - 11:45 am