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Inverting ASEAN’s diplomatic inertia on Myanmar

New and better ideas are needed to get the regional grouping to amend its failed approach to the country’s ongoing crisis

After three years of non-performance, Asian regional diplomacy to address Myanmar’s crisis is morbidly moribund. The Five Point Consensus (5PC) adopted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on April 24, 2021 to deal with the aftermath of the coup—supposedly with the agreement of Myanmar dictator Min Aung Hlaing—is long since past any chance of revival.

One credible position could be that the 5PC is no longer fit for purpose in mid-2024. Myanmar is a dramatically altered country. Another perspective is that ASEAN, the United Nations, the West, and pretty much everyone else in the international community has made it clear the 5PC is the only diplomatic recourse. And so the revolutionary forces of Myanmar are stuck with an approach that hasn’t worked from inception, but that is still all that’s on the table.

It’s worthwhile to remind readers exactly what. . .

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