Please note that registration is now closed for this event.
The Asia Society is generously offering complimentary entry for 15 YPFP members to attend this program.
Join the Asia Society for a discussion with Ambassador Derek Mitchell, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar from 2012 to 2016. He will be joined in conversation by the Asia Society Policy Institute's (ASPI) Debra Eisenman, who recently returned from Myanmar, and is the author of an ASPI report on the state of Myanmar's transition and recommendations for ways forward. Learn more here.
Please note that this is not a YPFP-hosted nor sponsored event. We are sharing this event with our members for their edification.
Breakfast available from 8:00 am.
Ambassador Derek Mitchell
Derek Mitchell is Senior Advisor to the Asia Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace and to the Albright Stonebridge Group. He served as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) in 22 years, taking up his post in July 2012, and departing in March 2016. In 2011, he was appointed the State Department's first Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, with the rank of Ambassador. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has also served in senior positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the National Democratic Institute. Ambassador Mitchell has authored numerous books, articles, and policy reports on Asian security affairs, and co-authored China: The Balance Sheet — What the World Needs to Know about the Emerging Superpower (Public Affairs, 2006).
Debra Eisenman is Managing Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), where she leads and oversees projects on development, governance, sustainability, and security challenges throughout Asia — with a focus on Myanmar, and oversees ASPI's strategy and operations. She has held various roles within the Asia Society's policy team since she joined in 2011. Prior to that, she worked on the Peacebuilding and Western Balkans grantmaking programs of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, as well as on youth civic engagement at the National Crime Prevention Council. She has also served as a short-term election observer in Kosovo (2010), Albania (2011), Ukraine (2012 and 2014), and Armenia (2017).
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