Dramatic reforms that have taken place in Myanmar have transformed this long isolated country into a more open society, one actively seeking to re-engage with the region and the world. Competitive elections, a lively parliament, a more vibrant media, and a growing civil society have allowed for debates on a range of issues concerning the nature of the state and the development agenda that were previously not possible. Our Books for Asia program has operated in Myanmar since 2007. Read country overview.
Myanmar 2014: Civic Knowledge and Values in a Changing Society
Released in December 2014, the first nationwide survey in Myanmar to document public knowledge and awareness of new government institutions and processes sheds light on the political, social, and economic views of people from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. Read the survey in English and Burmese, as well as related materials including FAQs, survey questionnaire, and summary report.
Subnational Governance in Myanmar Series
The Asia Foundation, together with Center for Economic and Social Development of the Myanmar Development Resource Institute (MDRI), launched a "Subnational Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series" in February 2014. Now in its sixth volume, the papers provide Myanmar's policymakers at national and local levels, civil society organizations, the business community, and development partners with research findings on subnational governance issues that directly inform policy and reform processes. Download reports.
Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold Meets Myanmar President U Thein Sein
In October 2012, President David D. Arnold led an official delegation to Myanmar. During this historic visit, President Arnold called on the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein on October 23 in Nay Pyi Taw. Read more about the event or view a slideshow.
The Asia Foundation Hosts Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
In September 2012, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Member of Parliament, Burma and Chairperson and General Secretary, National League of Democracy, made her first Bay Area public remarks at The Asia Foundation. Read more about the event or watch the full event video.