The Future of Myanmar
This timely debate shed light on the future of Myanmar and the role of external actors such as ASEAN and the EU
About this event
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Webinar on The Future of Myanmar
Discussion on the Future of Myanmar
Harn Yawnghwe, Executive Director, Euro-Burma Office
Sharon Li-Lian Seah, Senior Fellow, ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS Singapore
Stefano Fantaroni, Desk Officer for Myanmar and Brunei, European External Action Service
Mr Xavier Nuttin, EIAS Senior Associate and Member of the EIAS Advisory Board
Since the Tatmadaw has taken over power in Myanmar after the 1 February 2021 military coup, the world has been closely watching developments in the country. This timely debate will shed light on the latest developments in Myanmar, in particular following the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting of 24 April 2021. This EIAS webinar assessed in further depth what the latest proceedings are and how the situation on the ground has evolved, looking ahead into Myanmar’s future, also including perspectives from external partners such as the ASEAN members, the EU and other actors in and beyond the region in facilitating a peaceful solution to the conflict.
The role of external actors in the conflict and its prospective resolution should not be underestimated, also in rejecting the violence and finding a sustainable balance acceptable to all. For instance, the 24th April 2021 meeting of the ASEAN Leaders resulted in their Five-Point Consensus on the situation in Myanmar, calling for an immediate cessation of the violence, the provision of humanitarian assistance, while setting up a constructive dialogue involving all stakeholders. To facilitate and mediate the dialogue process, a designated Special Envoy has been assigned by the ASEAN Chair to visit Myanmar and meet with all relevant parties involved in the conflict. The EU, besides offering emergency humanitarian aid to the people of Myanmar, has responded with sanctions on 35 individuals and 2 military-controlled companies related to the coup and the ongoing violence. However, a coordinated international approach, opening the path towards mediation among the various stakeholders may be called upon, addressing the needs and protecting the interests of Myanmar’s people. The question remains what the future of Myanmar will look like and how the international community can facilitate a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
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