The Myanmar Crisis and Indo-Pacific Security
Myanmar has been engulfed in conflict since a military coup in February 2021. It may be tempting to see the conflict in Myanmar as an isolated or internal crisis. However, given the country’s location at the heart of the Indo-Pacific region, the ongoing conflict significantly affects the economic, political, and strategic interests of various global powers, including the United States, China, India, Japan, and Thailand.
At the same time, the involvement of regional and global powers, along with their competing and overlapping economic and geopolitical interests, adds layers of complexity to the conflict. Various international organizations and countries have been involved in attempts to mediate and address the conflict in Myanmar. However, achieving lasting peace and stability in the country remains elusive due to the complex nature of the conflict and the competing interests of regional and global actors.
Dr. Miemie Byrd will discuss why it is essential to examine the conflict within the broader context of strategic rivalry in the Indo-Pacific region to understand its regional implications, as well as the need for a coordinated effort from all stakeholders.
About the speaker
Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd is a Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. She researches, publishes, and teaches in the areas of: US-Myanmar relations; security dynamics of Southeast Asia; linkages between the role of education, economic development, gender, private sector, and security in the Indo-Pacific region; and transformative adult learning/executive education; and organizational innovations.
Dr. Byrd has served as the Deputy Economic Advisor at U.S. Pacific Command in uniform prior to her position at DKI APCSS. Dr. Byrd is an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. She is currently serving on the Boards of: the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College in California; Women’s LEAD in Lashio; Thanakha International Gender E-Tekkatho; International Development Research Centre; and US-ASEAN Business Council Myanmar Scholarship Fund.
This event is supported by the ANU Myanmar Research Centre and the ANU College of Law.
This is an in-person only event.
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