A Roundtable Conference on the Situation on the Korean Peninsula was held at Lotte Hotel, Yangon on 15-16 July 2018. It was attended by all ten ASEAN-ISIS members, ASEAN Secretariat and officials from Korea MOFA, Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA), the Ambassador of Republic of Korea and officials, Myanmar-ISIS members, officers from MOFA (Naypyitaw). The event was organized under the auspices of ASEAN-ISIS of which Myanmar-ISIS is the Chair for 2018. The roundtable came at a very opportune time soon after the US-DPRK Summit. Perspectives and views of the ASEAN think tanks were very rich; how ASEAN could play a constructive role for peace and prosperity on the Peninsula after the fast momentum of positive events between North and South Korea and US and DPRK.1

Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress was represented by Trustee Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer. Her presentation drew lessons from the Philippine peace negotiations for the peaceful settlement of the conflicts in the Korean peninsula. She highlighted insights on the importance of trust building, the added value of third parties, and the need to understand core security needs to achieve just and viable settlements, and the challenge of inclusivity.

1Source: Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies