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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

Feb 27, 2019

Talk on “Japan-Myanmar Relations - the Experiences of a Diplomat" by H.E. Mr. Ichiro MARUYAMA

H.E. Mr. Ichiro MARUYAMA Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar made a presentation on "Japan-Myanmar Relations - the Experiences of a Diplomat" at MISIS to an audience of MISIS members, MAAS Chairman and Vice Chairman, professors and students of IR Department of Yangon and Dagon Universities as well as senior officers from MOFA. He touched upon the background of Japan-Myanmar Relations during the different political eras of Myanmar with special emphasis on relations during U Thein Sein Administration and the present NLD Government.

Feb 18, 2019

Presentation on “Thailand’s ASEAN Chair: Daunting Challenges”

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.

Jan 29, 2019

Lecture on “Russia’s Turn to the East: Implications for Myanmar and Southeast Asia”

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.

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