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At the invitation of Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Khun Kavi Chongkittavorn research fellow, Chulalongkorn University’s Institute of Security and International Studies visited Yangon and made a presentation on “Thailand’s ASEAN Chair: Daunting Challenges” on 18 February 2019 at Myanmar ISIS. The Thai Ambassador-designate Ms. Suphatra SRIMAITREEPHITHAK and Senior Officers from ASEAN Affairs Department, Political Department, and Strategic Studies and Training Department from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and professors and students from International Relations Department Yangon University and Dagon University and Myanmar ISIS members attended the discourse. He spoke about the diverse issues that Thailand as Chair of ASEAN 2019 will seek to address. Following are the issues: - Strengthen ASEAN centrality in Indo-Pacific outlook - Promoting TAC as a global code of conduct - Finishing three-reading of the COC draft COC by the end of this year - Engaging North Korea on denuclearization, socializing on regional integration - Prevention cohesive intervention: Help with humanitarian assistance and repatriation process in Rakhine State under the framework of ASEAN - Completing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - Strengthening ASEAN cyber security related issues - Preparing ASEAN for 4IR (4.0 Industrial Revolution) - Empowering ASEAN secretariat and speedier decision making process during crisis.
Dr. Ksenia A. EFREMOVA, Associate Professor at the Department School of Asian and African Studies and MGIMO University, Moscow delivered a lecture on “Russia’s Turn to the East: Implications for Myanmar and Southeast Asia” at Myanmar ISIS this morning. Her area of Studies is in Myanmar and Chinese Philology. She has authored two books and a number of articles on Myanmar in Russian. This is the third time that eminent scholars from MGIMO University have visited Myanmar ISIS. The event was attended by Myanmar ISIS members, Professors and Students of International Relations Department of Yangon University. Last year the ASEAN-Russia Network of Think Tanks was founded and the first meeting took place in Moscow. This May the second ASEAN-Russian Network of Think Tanks meeting is scheduled to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In recent years, Russia has showed interest in ASEAN much more than before with President Putin attending the EAS under the Chairmanship of Singapore in 2018.
A ceremony to sign an MoU for cooperation between Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) and Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science (MAAS) was held at Myanmar ISIS conference room at 10 am on 25 January 2019. Chairman U Nyunt Maung Shein signed the MoU on behalf of Myanmar ISIS and Chairman Dr. Thet Lwin on behalf of MAAS respectively. The MoU provides a framework for conducting research between the two organizations on issues of mutual interest. The ceremony was attended by Myanmar ISIS members and some members of MAAS. This is the first time that Myanmar ISIS will conduct research with various universities. This MoU was signed pursuant to the guidance given by the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi when she visited Myanmar ISIS on 18 July 2018.
Ba Hla Aye's presentation at the Roundtable on the Korean Peninsula
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