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Myanmar/Burma Update Conferences - Asia and the Pacific
Myanmar/Burma Update is a set of periodic summits dealing with the recent economical, politic and societal circumstances in Burma and providing an in-depth review of a selected issue of particular importance for Burma's socio-economic evolution. It has been organized approximately every 18-24 month since its founding as a Burma Update in 1990.
Since 2004 the show is named Myanmar/Burma Update. Its next update is scheduled for the first half of 2015. This update's primary goal is to provide information about this important nation to governments, policy-makers, the business world, NGOs, reporters and members of the Australia Fellowship. At every meeting, experts from Burma and non-Burma presented the results of research on recent events and current topics in Myanmar/Burma.
Participants in the event come from a wide range of fields: aid workers, reporters, legal experts, civil servants, businesses, graduates and undergraduates. The conferences include lectures on current topics and lectures on current topics. Burma's first update was organized by ANU scientists at the Australian National University in 1990.
Over a few years, the event was organized in collaboration with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. It was financially supported by the Australian National University, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and in 2004, 2009 and 2011 by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
The 2006 event was also supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan.
Up-to-date 1-U.S. sees'open channel' with Myanmar on humanitarian issues
The US side was headed by State Department Senior HR Officer Michael Posner during discussions in Naypyitaw, Myanmar's capitol, also known as Burma. Discussions will take place when the Obama administration lifts long-standing penalties to pay Myanmar leadership for their efforts in pursuing peaceful and reform. In addition, the US mission includes Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh and other US force officers, a sign that the Pentagon is also paying close attention as Myanmar begins to move out of China's shadows, which for a long time was its most important local legion.
Relations with Myanmar have warmed up quickly since a quasi-civilian administration took over in March 2011, ending five decade-long wars. Under the new regime, reform has taken place quickly, such as economic reform, a relaxation of economic restrictions, the legalisation of labour and protest, and the release of prisoner politicians.
In response, the United States has made a number of embarrassing steps, both diplomatically and economically, by last year having sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Myanmar and relaxed the penalties. Burma freed its youngest group of policy detainees last months just before Myanmar President Thein Sein and experienced pro-democracy leaders Aung San Suu Kyi travelled the United States separately.
"We have all talked about the need to come to zero on the issue of detainees, and we continue to work with the Burmese authorities," Nuland said. In Myanmar's Rakhine State, the United States has also voiced its concerns about the persistent struggles with indigenous minorities and violent attacks against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and about the government's on-going armed relations with North Korea.
Campaigners say that the United States has been consistent in pressing Myanmar for respect for fundamental freedoms, but caution that an increase in trade and other links could put the subject on the agenda. "Simply, US policies on Burma are no longer just about people' s rights," said John Sifton, Asia Legal Affairs Directors at HRM.