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.
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.
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.
Konard Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) jointly organized an expert talk titled “Security Threats in the 21st Century”, at MISIS conference room this morning. Presentations were made - one by Mr. Lutz Feldt, Retired Vice Admiral of the German Navy on “Maritime Hybrid Risks and Threats: Consequences for Harbors, Navies and Maritime Services – a European view”, and by Mr. Maxim Worcester, International Security Consultant, on “The Evolution of Electronic Warfare”. A commentary was then made by Dr. Manuel Vermeer, Senior Advisor Asia, Mannheim Business School. The meeting was attended by MISIS members, Myanmar Marine Police officers, Myanmar Port Authority officers, NGOs, interns at MISIS and a representative of the German Embassy in Yangon.
An MoU was signed between Fundacao Alexandre de Gusmao of the Federative Republic of Brazil (FUNAG) and Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Myanmar ISIS) for cooperation between the two Institutes on 9 November 2018 at Myanmar ISIS. FUNAG is a think tank under the MOFA of Brazil. The MoU was signed by Chairman of Myanmar ISIS witnessed by the Ambassador of Brazil to Myanmar H.E. Antonio J.M. de Souza e Silva.The MoU was signed by the Brazilian side by the President of FUNAG earlier. This is the first MoU for Myanmar ISIS to sign with a think tank from Latin America. After the signing the ceremony the Ambassador gave a talk on Myanmar-Brazil Bilateral Relations.
Today, another lecture was delivered by Dr. Victor Sumsky, Director, ASEAN Centre in MGIMO University, MOFA, Moscow on the topic “Asia Pacific to Indo-Pacific: What this US-Promoted Shift Means to ASEAN, Russia and Asia”. This is the second time that Dr. Victor Sumsky visited Myanmar ISIS, the first time was in 2016. This event was organized by the Ambassador of Russia to Myanmar Dr. Nikolay Listopadov. Myanmar ISIS Chairman, members and the Russian Ambassador together with interns attended the lecture. A lively round of discussions followed the talk. It was encouraging to see that many interns contributed to the discussion by way of raising important and relevant questions on the Indo-Pacific concept. Myanmar ISIS highly appreciates the younger generation for their keen interest to take part in the Q & A session.
Myanmar ISIS hosted a talk by Mr. Raimund Grafe, Managing Director, Representative of the Free State of Thuringia for Federal Affairs, Berlin on “Federalism and the German Model of Federalism” at Myanmar ISIS conference room on 1 November 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This event was arranged by FES, Yangon. It was attended by MISIS Chairman, members as well as interns at MISIS. Mr. Grafe is Chief of Staff of the delegation of the Free State of Thuringia to the German Federation. He studied political science and economics at the University of Munich and Sciences Po in Paris.
Myanmar Centre for Mekong Studies was launched with ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at Myanmar ISIS building in the attendance of Chinese delegation from CIIS led by Dr.Rong Ying, Vice President of CIIS and Director of China Centre for Mekong Studies and Deputy Permanent Secretary of MOFA, U Aung Kyaw Zan. The six riparian states along the Mekong river already have established their National Centres. There will be a meeting of the National Centre for Mekong Studies of the six countries on October 30th at Siem Reap. They will discuss the future activities of the National Centres. Myanmar ISIS members Daw Than Than Htay and U Ba Hla Aye are assigned as Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator respectively of the Myanmar Centre. After the opening ceremony, a panel discussion on the “Environmental Protection in LMC Region” followed . Professor Dr. Daw Kyi Kyi Hla, member of Myanmar ISIS and Professor Dr. Daw Khin Ni Ni Thein, Secretary, Advisory Group of the National Water Resources Committee, and Advisor, Myanmar Centre for Mekong Studies (MCMS) and Ms. Lu Diyin, Lancang-Mekong Environmental Cooperation Center read papers on the topic. The LMC cooperation is one of the initiatives taken by China in connection with the BRI.
Today, three scholars from Aceh, Indonesia paid a visit to Myanmar ISIS. They had a cordial exchange of views on how to promote connectivity between Aceh, Myanmar and India on sea and air routes. The group was led by TEUKU CUT MAHMUD AZIZ, lecturer of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, AlMuslim University, Aceh. From Myanmar side Myanmar ISIS Chairman, Ambassador U Wynn Lwin, U Kyee Myint, U Ba Hla Aye, Professor Daw Carole Ann Chit Tha and U Khin Maung Lynn took part in the discussion. Aceh and Myanmar are geographically close but the people are far away from each other because of lack of connectivity and contacts. The Indonesian scholars are here in Yangon to find out ways to strengthen relations between Aceh and Myanmar in particular and between Myanmar and Indonesia in general. They are conducting research on this project which is funded and supported by the MOFA of Indonesia.
Ba Hla Aye's presentation at the Roundtable on the Korean Peninsula
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