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Due to 50 years of political and economic self isolation from the rest of the world, Myanmar has been somewhat deprived of intellectual platforms where research can be carried out and ideas can be exchanged. The very concept of think-tanks has only recently gained ground in Myanmar, and information gaps still need to be filled.

That is the objective of Myanmar-ISIS: to fill those gaps, with a focus on the analysis of international relations and foreign policy formulations. Here at Myanmar-ISIS we openly welcome Myanmar researchers, especially young and talented ones, as well as collaboration with think-tanks from around the world.

Whilst building a research institute in Myanmar is a long process, we hope with the help of our partners, to be the catalyst for something wonderful. We want young people to be able to use this as a resource to learn, and ideally contribute with their own thoughts, resulting in them being long-term participants in the country's development.

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Past Events

Dec 13, 2018

Roundtable on the Korean Peninsula convene

Following the bilateral discussions between IDP of DPRK and Myanmar ISIS, the Roundtable on the Korean Peninsula convened at Novotel Hotel Max, Yangon this morning. It is a one day event with the participation of ASEAN ISIS Think Tanks, the IDP of DPRK and three Scholars from Korean National Diplomatic Academy and Korea Institute for National Unification. It is historic in the annals of ASEAN ISIS to have interaction between DPRK, ROK and ASEAN ISIS members for the first time. The event was co-organized with the FES, Yangon Office. All the participants highly commended Myanmar ISIS for convening this Roundtable which is timely and relevant to the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Myanmar ISIS also takes much pride and honour to initiate and hold this event bringing the two Koreas and ASEAN ISIS members together for finding ways and means the role ASEAN could play to bring peace, stability and prosperity in the Korean Peninsula and beyond. Two main issues were discussed. The first one on the “Overview of the Recent Developments on the Korean Peninsula” and the second on the “Denuclearization”. Four Scholars and three from the DPRK and ROK respectively explained their perspectives on the two issues. Panelists from the ASEAN ISIS members presented their views on how to promote and advance the inter-Korean relations as well as DPRK – US ties. A memorandum will be prepared by Myanmar ISIS and circulated among the participants. This is the last activity of Myanmar ISIS before it hands over the Chairmanship of ASEAN ISIS to the Philippines- “Asia Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc.” which joined the ASEAN ISIS in 2018.

Nov 27, 2018

KAS and Myanmar ISIS jointly held a conference on International and Regional Security Implications for Myanmar

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) jointly held a conference on International and Regional Security Implications for Myanmar at Kempinski Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw on 27 November 2018. Chairman of Myanmar ISIS U Nyunt Maung Shein, German Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel and Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Authorized Representative, KAS in Myanmar delivered Opening and Welcome remarks. The conference focused on the Indo-Pacific concept and on the BRI and its implications on Bay of Bangel and Europe. A separate topic on Submarine warfare was also discussed. The morning session on the Indo-Pacific was moderated by Chairman of Myanmar ISIS and the afternoon session by Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Authorized Representative, KAS in Myanmar, Permanent Secretary U Myint Thu, Director General of Political Department U Soe Han, Deputy Director General of Political Department U Aye Ko Ko and Senior and Mid-level officers from MOFA together with Myanmar Navy, NDC Port Authority totaling 40 persons attended the conference. This event is a yearly event organized by KAS and Myanmar ISIS and this time it is the Third Conference.

Nov 26, 2018

Talk on “Grand Coalitions and great challenges – German Democracy in 2018”

On Monday 26th November afternoon another event was held at MISIS. It was a talk by Mrs. Herta Daubler Gmelin, Former Minister of Justice of Germany, who spoke on “Grand Coalitions and great challenges - German Democracy in 2018”, co-organised by MISIS and FES. MISIS members, other scholar and interns attended the talk.

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Ba Hla Aye's presentation at the Roundtable on the Korean Peninsula


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