In this webinar, four experts offered their thoughts on the challenges of Myanmar’s multidimensional crisis, and prevailing sentiments towards those challenges. One of the four experts, serving as discussant, also contributed her assessment of the rapidly changing political landscape within Myanmar, access to humanitarian aid and responses from the regional partners to the Myanmar crisis.
In this webinar, Ms Erin Murphy, Ambassador Scot Marciel and Dr Kyaw Moe Tun discussed US policy past and present on Myanmar, commenting on policy stances adopted towards different political stakeholders in the country. The discussions also shared their views and perspectives on the factors impinging on an effective US policy, available options to assist the Myanmar people, and expectations of the Myanmar stakeholders and communities.
In this virtual event held under Chatham House Rule, Ambassador Derek Mitchell discussed the international community’s response to the 2021 military coup In Myanmar, including possible options for and potential constraints to further moves by the international community on the Myanmar crisis. He also shared his thoughts on the actions and objectives of various Myanmar stakeholders to date, and possible next steps.
Since assuming her current duties, Dr Noeleen Heyzer has engaged stakeholders in Myanmar to understand the challenges and aspirations for a home-grown solution to the country’s crisis and for a just, inclusive and peaceful future. Though the UN General Assembly initially established the Special Envoy’s mandate to address the Rohingya crisis, the challenges facing the Myanmar people have grown in both scope and urgency. Dr Heyzer is now working to facilitate greater political support, internationally and regionally, to address the multiple needs and vulnerabilities in Myanmar that have worsened since the coup in 2021.
The webinar explored the post-coup context of Myanmar which has left many communities in dire need of basic social services and humanitarian assistance. The webinar also addressed contemporary human rights issues in Myanmar highlighting patterns or trends by comparing present and past patterns of abuse.
The seminar will address the implications of unfolding realities in Rakhine State, with attention to Myanmar’s national politics and international interest in the state and to local communities’ efforts to cope with the combined impacts of renewed military rule, Covid-19, and the humanitarian challenges of protracted warfare.