Burma: Options for Engagement

29 May 2008 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London


Ashley South, Author and Southeast Asian Analyst
Chair: Dr Marie Lall, Associate Fellow, Chatham House



The talk will cover the current humanitarian and political situation in Burma, particularly in the wake of cyclone Nargis. Special reference will be made to the national referendum, likely to be delayed, examining the roles of opposition groups and the options available to the international community, for humanitarian action and to promote democratization.

Ashley South is an independent writer and consultant, specialising in politics and humanitarian issues in Burma/Myanmar, and Southeast Asia. He has worked as a consultant for the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (2002), International Crisis Group (2003), Human Rights Watch (2004-05), UN Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Myanmar (2005 & 2006), DFID (2005 & 2006), and the UN World Food Programme (2006-08).

The speaker will talk on the record, the discussions will be under the Chatham House Rule.