The United States and the Myanmar Crisis: Perceptions, Expectations, Options


About the Webinar

Myanmar’s ongoing political crisis has brought under scrutiny the United States’ (US) response to the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar. Amid calls for revisiting its current policy, geopolitical circumstances in Southeast Asia and globally affect the US’ response and attention to the Myanmar crisis.

Does the current US approach build on past policies and pronouncements on Myanmar? How have successive US administrations engaged with the state in Myanmar, whether authoritarian or elected? How can the US work with regional powers as well as America’s allies and partners in ASEAN and Asia to address the Myanmar crisis?

Three experts join the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute to discuss these questions, including the factors impinging on an effective US policy, available options to assist the Myanmar people, and expectations of the Myanmar stakeholders and communities.

About the Speakers

Erin Murphy is Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her latest book, “Burmese Haze: US Policy and Myanmar’s Opening – and Closing” discusses US policy and approaches to Myanmar’s political transition in the past decade. Erin has worked on Asia since 2001, analysing Asian political, foreign policy, and leadership issues at the Central Intelligence Agency, as Director for Indo-Pacific at the US International Development Finance Corporation, and leading her boutique advisory firm on Myanmar.

Scot Marciel is Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center and a Senior Advisor at BowerGroupAsia. He retired from the US Foreign Service in April 2022 after a 37-year career that included ambassadorial assignments to Myanmar, Indonesia, and ASEAN. He has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and in the US. Missions in the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Turkey, and Brazil. Scot is the author of the forthcoming book, “Imperfect Partners: The United States and Southeast Asia.”

Kyaw Moe Tun is the president of Parami University, recently established as a private nonprofit online institution licensed under the Higher Education Licensure Commission in Washington DC. Parami University aims to provide quality formal education to students in Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar. After completing his PhD at Yale University, Kyaw Moe Tun established the postgraduate Parami Institute in 2017 in Yangon, as a precursor to launching the private nonprofit residential Parami University in 2021, the plan of which the 2021 coup disrupted.


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Nov 04 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am