Meridian Diplomacy Forum: Countries of the Mekong

Exploring the Cultural, Political and Economic Linkages between the U.S. and Mainland Southeast Asia

Meridian International Center | Washington, DC | June 6, 2019

Summary

The countries along the Mekong River have much in common boasting rich cultural heritage and biodiversity, while experiencing significant economic growth and undertaking substantial infrastructure development in recent years. The five nations of Mainland Southeast Asia – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – comprise promising economic markets in this region of rising geopolitical importance and one with increasing wanderlust appeal. As the United States continues to evaluate existing alliances and consider new partnerships, policymakers and private sector leaders are forging ahead with new and stronger bilateral and regional relationships with the countries along the Mekong.

On June 6, 2019, the Meridian Diplomacy Forum: Countries of the Mekong brought together government, business and artistic leaders to discover and explore the ecological, cultural and economic allure flowing through the subregion. A deeper understanding of the cultures and histories of Mainland Southeast Asia can lead to more effective and beneficial engagement between the United States and the governments, businesses and people of this emerging area of the globe.

Meridian International Center is recognized around the world as a center for global leadership, bringing the right thinkers and decision makers together in a neutral forum to discuss and address critical global issues. 2019 marked the fourth year of the Meridian Diplomacy Forum.

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Forum Speakers

Forum Supporters

Forum Agenda

WELCOME REMARKS

PANEL: ADVANCING U.S. RELATIONS WITH THE COUNTRIES ALONG THE MEKONG

SPECIAL VIDEO MESSAGE

FEATURED SPEAKER

  • The Honorable Mark Clark, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific
    Affairs, U.S. Department of State

PANEL: ECONOMIC ALLURE OF THE SUBREGION FROM THE ICT REVOLUTION TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE BONANZA

FEATURED SPEAKER

FEATURED SPEAKER

PANEL: LEVERAGING TOURISM FOR SUSTAINABLE ECOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

FIRESIDE CHAT: THE DIASPORA AND CULTURAL BRIDGE OF U.S.–MAINLAND SOUTHEAST ASIA TIES

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

CLOSING REMARKS

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Coverage of the Diplomacy Forum

Past Meridian Diplomacy Forums

Diplomacy Forum 2016
Ambassador of Cuba to the United States Dr. José R. Cabañas, Meridian Diplomacy Forum on Cuba
Diplomacy Forum 2017
Member of Parliament of India Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Meridian Diplomacy Forum on India
Diplomacy Forum 2018
Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Meridian Diplomacy Forum on Japan

Project summary

Meridian Diplomacy Forum: Countries of the Mekong | June 2019
Number of Attendees: 189
Regions: East Asia and Pacific, Western Hemisphere
Countries: Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, Singapore
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy, Business and Trade, Foreign Policy
Program Areas: Convening, Culture
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Individuals/Donors, NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector