NEW YORK, June 26, 2013 - At the launch of a new Asia Society paper on Myanmar, Priscilla Clapp, Suzanne DiMaggio, Ike Reed, and Myanmar Representative to the UN U Kyaw Tin assess challenges facing a newly democratizing Myanmar. Introduction by former Ambassador Frank Wisner. (1 hr., 21 min.)
Priscilla Clapp is a retired Minister-Counselor in the U.S. Foreign Service. During her 30-year career with the U.S. government, she served as Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs, among other positions. She is a Senior Advisor to Asia Society.
Suzanne DiMaggio is Vice President of Global Policy Programs at Asia Society, where she leads the Society's U.S.-Myanmar Initiative. She is directing the establishment of the Asia Society Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan, global institute focused on tackling the critical political and economic issues facing Asia and the United States in the 21st century. The Institute will be launched in October 2013.
U Kyaw Kyaw Tin
U Kyaw Tin is the Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations. Prior to this, he was Myanmar's Ambassador to Canada, and Director-General and Deputy Director-General of the Political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has served in various roles at the UN Mission in New York, as well as in Indonesia, Switzerland, Thailand, and Australia.
Ike Reed is Director for Mainland Southeast Asia at the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as Coordinator for Pacific Initiatives in the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs; as Special Advisor in the International Security Assistance Force military command in Kabul, Afghanistan; and as Economic-Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore. He was also Director for Southeast Asia at the National Security Council.