Carnegie’s Jim Schoff joined Clara Koh of the Embassy of Singapore, Hamish McDonald of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Prashanth Parameswaran of Tufts University to discuss the role of Myanmar’s regional neighbors and the international comunity. Myanmar’s neighbors and other nations have important roles to play in that country’s development, both from an economic/trade perspective and a political/diplomatic perspective. This panel discussion featured a select group of representatives from engaged countries, sharing their perspectives, priorities, and concerns as they considered collaborative strategies to support Myanmar.
Clara Koh has been first secretary (political) at the Embassy of Singapore in Washington since 2011. Previously, she served as country officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, working on the Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand desks (2008–2011). After Cyclone Nargis hit part of Myanmar in 2008, she worked to coordinate Singapore’s humanitarian assistance package to Myanmar, and the ASEAN-led effort to bring international aid into Myanmar. Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she spent four months as a research analyst with the United Nations Development Fund for Women in Aceh.
Hamish McDonald is public policy scholar in the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Previously, he worked as Asia-Pacific editor at the Sydney Morning Herald. He has worked as a journalist in many Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, and China. He has twice won Walkley awards, and has a report on Burma read into the record of the U.S. Congress. He is the author of books on Indonesia and India, and was made an inaugural fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in 2008.
Prashanth Parameswaran is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with honors degrees in foreign affairs and peace and conflict studies. He is a freelance journalist, and his work has appeared in several Asian newspapers, including the New Straits Times, the Straits Times, and the China Post. He has also worked as a nonresident WSD-Handa fellow, researcher, and blog co-editor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum. He writes regularly about international politics at the Asianist.