Myanmar at a Crossroads: Transitions Shaping Myanmar's Future

On Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm, YPFP NY and NYU Wagner's Pan Asian Student Alliance invite you to join Lex Rieffel, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, for a discussion on the forces shaping Myanmar's future.


Myanmar is of special interest to the foreign policy community for at least two compelling reasons.  First, it is strategically located between China, India, and Southeast Asia.  Second it is undergoing three simultaneous transitions: from conflict to peace, from military to civilian rule, and from a closed to an open economy.  Adding to this interest is the national election scheduled for November 8 that may bring to power a government led by the National League for Democracy, the party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Event Schedule:

At 6:00 pm, doors open

From 6:00 to 6:30pm, reception.

Remarks will start promptly at 6:30 pm.

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About the speaker: 

Lex Rieffel is an expert on Southeast Asia, sovereign debt restructuring, international financial institutions, U.S. foreign assistance strategy and international volunteer service. He is a former U.S. Treasury economist and senior executive at the Institute of International Finance. Earlier, Mr. Rieffel was an economist with the U.S. Agency for International Development (in Indonesia); a planning analyst at the International Paper Company (in New York City); a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps (in India); and an officer in the U.S. Navy (in Vietnam). He is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A., economics) and the Fletcher School, Tufts University (M.A.L.D., International Development Studies).

For the past seven years, he has focused on the economy of Myanmar, in the run-up to the 2010 elections and during its current transition to more democratic rule.  In 2013 he published a study, co-authored with James W. Fox, of foreign aid to the new government of Myanmar: "Too Much Too Soon? The Dilemma of Foreign Aid to Myanmar/Burma". In 2007, he published a study, co-authored with Jaleswari Pramodhawardani, focusing on military reform in Indonesia: "Out of Business and On Budget:The Challenge of Military Financing in Indonesia". His essay on the remarkable political and economic transitions in Indonesia in 2004 was published in the September-October 2004 issue of Foreign Affairs. He joined Brookings in 2002 to write "Sovereign Debt Restructuring: the Case for Ad Hoc Machinery" (September 2003). Policy briefs presenting the findings of other research undertaken at Brookings focused on international volunteering, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Nigeria's Paris Club debt problem, and the roles of the IMF and World Bank. Between 2001 and 2009, Mr. Rieffel taught a graduate seminar on "Financial Issues in Emerging Market Countries" at (successively) Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Syracuse University-Maxwell School, and George Washington University-Elliott School. In 2013, he taught the Myanmar seminar at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.  In 2013 and 2014, he taught an economics course in the International Center of Excellence program at the University of Yangon.

August 06, 2015 at 6pm - 7:30pm
NYU Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
295 Lafayette St
Second Floor
New York, NY 10012
United States
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