Myanmar Update with U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar, The Honorable Derek J. Mitchell

U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar, The Honorable Derek J. Mitchell

Venue : Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, 8 Marina Boulevard, #05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981

Date : February 17, 2016

Time : 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Price : $0.00

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AmCham Singapore and the US-ASEAN Business Council are pleased to invite you to a special update by U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell on the political and economic developments in Myanmar (including the country’s post elections landscape), outlook for Myanmar's ongoing democratic transition in 2016, U.S. sanctions, and other key aspects of doing business in Myanmar.  Ambassador Mitchell will be accompanied by U.S. Embassy Rangoon's Senior Commercial Officer Manoj Desai. 

About the Speaker:

Appointed as the first U.S. Ambassador to Burma on June 29, 2012, Derek J.Mitchell continues to be a key figure in the warming of relations and development of business between the two countries. Before he assumed his current role, Ambassador Mitchell served as the first Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma.  He has also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, from April 2009 until August 2011.  In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the Defense Department's security policy in Northeast, Southeast, South, and Central Asia.  For his service, he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service in August 2011.


Overall, Ambassador Mitchell has worked in the field since 1997, giving him a unique expertise in the region.  From January 2001 to April 2009, Ambassador Mitchell served as senior fellow and director of the Asia Division of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Ambassador Mitchell concurrently served as founding director of the CSIS Southeast Asia Initiative, which was inaugurated in January 2008 and was the Center's first dedicated program to the study of Southeast Asian affairs. Ambassador Mitchell was special assistant for Asian and Pacific affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001, when he served alternately as senior country director for China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Hong Kong (2000-2001), director for regional security affairs (1998-2000), country director for Japan (1997-1998), and senior country director for the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore (1998-1999).


Ambassador Mitchell was the principal author of the Department of Defense 1998 East Asia Strategy Report, and received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service in January 2001.


Ambassador Mitchell received a master of arts in law and diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1991 and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1986. He studied Chinese language at Nanjing University in China and speaks Mandarin Chinese proficiently.  Ambassador Mitchell has authored numerous books, articles, and opinion pieces on Asian security affairs, and is co-author of China: The Balance Sheet - What the World Needs to Know Now about the Emerging Superpower (Public Affairs, 2006), and China’s Rise: Challenges and Opportunities (Peterson Institute for International Economics Press, 2008).

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