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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.

On our website you can find out about our visions, goals, events, projects and publications. We also provide news from different Myanmar sources, and if you feel so inclined, you are welcome to subscribe to our newsletter.

If you have any queries or an interest in collaborating, please do not hesitate to contact us. Let us work together for a better future of our country and people.


Past Events

Aug 8, 2018

U Ba Hla Aye, member of Myanmar ISIS, gives a talk entitled "Responsibility to Protect and Myanmar" at the Academic Talk 4/2018 of the Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science at the Yangon University on 8 August 2018.

U Ba Hla Aye talked about the post- Cold War Inter-State and Intra-State situations that prompted the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to propose UN-authorized humanitarian intervention, the 2005 World Summit Outcome that agreed upon the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) and the UN’s promotion of RtoP. He explained about the idea to establish a permanent criminal court after WWI and the eventual establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He talked about the ICC Prosecutor’s application for ICC jurisdiction over alleged “deportation” of Bengalis after the ARSA terrorist attacks in October 2016 and August 2017 in Rakhine and why Myanmar is not bound by the ICC Statute.

Jul 18, 2018

State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs visits Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Myanmar ISIS)

Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Myanmar ISIS) is highly honoured and privileged to welcome H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Institute on Wednesday morning, 18 July 2018. She was accompanied by Deputy Minister at the President’s Office H.E. U Min Thu and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs H.E. U Myint Thu. All the members of Myanmar ISIS were present at the meeting. Chairman of Myanmar ISIS U Nyunt Maung Shein submitted a briefing on the Institute’s current activities and vision for the future. He explained that Myanmar ISIS this year serves as the Chair of ASEAN ISIS and Co-Chair of NEAT and the events that were held under its chairmanship of these two groups. Her Excellency commended Myanmar ISIS for the achievements it has made and gave guidance for the future work of Myanmar ISIS.

Jul 16, 2018

Roundtable Conference on the Situation on the Korean Peninsula

A Roundtable Conference on the Situation on the Korean Peninsula was held at Lotte Hotel, Yangon on 15-16 July 2018. It was attended by all ten ASEAN-ISIS members, ASEAN Secretariat and officials from Korea MOFA, Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA), the Ambassador of Republic of Korea and officials, Myanmar-ISIS members, officers from MOFA (Naypyitaw). The event was organized under the auspices of ASEAN-ISIS of which Myanmar-ISIS is the Chair for 2018. The roundtable came at a very opportune time soon after the US-DPRK Summit. Perspectives and views of the ASEAN think tanks were very rich; how ASEAN could play a constructive role for peace and prosperity on the Peninsula after the fast momentum of positive events between North and South Korea and US and DPRK.

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