CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific


  • Myanmar, March 2012: A paper on the campaign environment and electoral constituencies in advance of the 1 April by-elections.
  • East Asia and the Pacific, March 2012 (Bangkok): A meeting on good governance and anti-corruption capacity among social scientists in East Asia and the Pacific.


  • Myanmar, December 2011: A paper on recent political changes in Myanmar.
  • Thailand, October 2011: A paper on Thailand's changing political landscape following the country's recent elections.
  • Myanmar, July 2011: A briefing paper on the first 100 days of Myanmar's new executive branch.
  • Myanmar, April 2011: A briefing paper on the composition of the Myanmar government.
  • Thailand, April 2011 (New York): A briefing on tensions surrounding approaching elections in Thailand.


  • Timor-Leste, December 2010: A paper on security sector reform and handover in Timor-Leste.
  • Myanmar, October-November 2010: A series of papers on the Myanmar elections.
  • Myanmar, August 2010: A paper on the electoral process and challenges leading up to elections.
  • Myanmar, August 2010 (New York): A meeting on the political environment in Myanmar going into the November elections.
  • Myanmar, June 2010: A paper providing an overview of elections in Myanmar.
  • Thailand, May 2010 (New York): Two briefings on the protests in Bangkok and the prospects for UN engagement.
  • Myanmar, March 2010 (New York): A briefing on the upcoming elections in Myanmar and the possibility for an ongoing role for the United Nations.
  • Myanmar, March 2010: A paper on electoral law in Myanmar.


  • Thailand, December 2009 (New York): A meeting on prospects for the UN's ongoing role in Thailand.
  • Nepal, November 2009 (New York): A meeting to help identify and analyze the challenges and prospects for UNMIN and the UN in Nepal.
  • Timor-Leste, September 2009: A paper on the hand-over of executive police authority from the UN Police in Timor-Leste to the national police force.
  • Myanmar, June 2009: A paper on upcoming elections and the prospects for political change.
  • Southern Thailand, February & March 2009: A paper and series of informal briefings for UN officials on the ongoing conflict and possible entry points for the UN and other stakeholders.
  • Myanmar, January 2009: A paper on the key political implications of the new Constitution for Myanmar.
  • Bangladesh, January 2009: A paper on the economic and political consequences of the December 2008 election results with recommendations for the United Nations to aid in the development of democracy and human rights protection in the region.
  • Nepal, January 2009 (New York): An informal briefing on UN engagement in Nepal held in preparation of the renewal of the mandate for the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).


  • Pakistan, November 2008 (New York): An informal consultation on recent developments in Pakistan.
  • Timor-Leste, November 2008: A briefing paper on prospects for reform of the Polôcia Nacional Timor-Leste (PNTL) and the role of the United Nations.
  • Southeast Asia, November 2008: A research visit for consultations with experts, UN officials, and CPPF consultants on various regional conflicts.
  • South Pacific, September 2008 (New York): An informal briefing on recent electoral and political developments in Fiji, Tonga, and the Solomon Islands.
  • Myanmar, September 2008: A briefing paper examining future strategies for the the UN ‘s good offices role in Myanmar.
  • Timor-Leste, July 2008 (New York): An informal briefing to provide analysis on issues surrounding gangs and security in Timor-Leste.
  • Bangladesh, June 2008 (New York): An informal consultation to review Bangladeshôs road back to democracy as the country debated the election timetable.
  • Sri Lanka, June 2008 (New York): An informal consultation to explore the shape of a future peace process in Sri Lanka.
  • Nepal, May-June 2008 (Kathmandu): A consultancy to conduct a rapid lessons learned exercise on the UN experience of arms monitoring in Nepal.
  • Nepal, March-April 2008 (Kathmandu): A research paper on the contribution of external actors (NGOs, the UN itself, and individual states) to the peace process in Nepal.
  • Sri Lanka, March 2008 (New York): A meeting for the UN Department of Political Affairs and the Inter-Agency Working Group to assess the situation in Sri Lanka and its implications for the UN after the abrogation of the ceasefire. The meeting was informed by a background paper written by a consultant after a February visit to the country.
  • Nepal, March 2008 (Kathmandu/Delhi): Travel to Kathmandu and Delhi by CPPF’s director to conduct research for a paper assessing the role of external actors in Nepal’s peace process.
  • Myanmar (Burma): Continued support for the good offices work of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General.


  • Southern Thailand, October 2007 (New York): An informal consultation to improve understanding of the conflict.
  • Timor-Leste, October 2007 (Dili): At the request of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), a workshop for the mission’s Security Sector Support Unit, and interaction with national actors.
  • Central Asia, October 2007 (New York): An informal brainstorming meeting on the role and functions of the future UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.
  • Myanmar (Burma), September-November 2007: A series of analytical briefing papers by experts commissioned to further understanding of the rapidly developing political situation.
  • Myanmar (Burma), June 2007 (New York): An informal consultation on the UN’s good offices role and coordination with humanitarian and human rights activities following the appointment of the new Special Adviser to the Secretary-General.
  • Timor-Leste, May 2007 (New York): A consultation with Timorese experts and political actors to help inform UN interlocutors on challenges that will follow the parliamentary elections to be held in June.
  • Pakistan, February 2007 (New York): A meeting to deepen understanding of the political dynamics inside Pakistan with a particular emphasis on how they may influence Afghanistan and the challenge they present to international actors.
  • Sri Lanka, January 2007 (New York): A workshop to deepen understanding of the situation in Sri Lanka, and explore possible options for the way forward.


  • Nepal, December 2006 (New York): A lunchtime briefing for UN and NGO partners by a leading member of Nepal’s people’s movement.
  • Timor-Leste, December 2006 (Dili): A visit for research and consultation with the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste regarding future support, leading most immediately to commissioned analysis on youth gangs.
  • UN and Asian Peace and Security, November 2006 (Singapore): A workshop co-organized with International Peace Academy on the role and potential for the UN in Asian peace and security.
  • Myanmar (Burma), August 2006 (New York): A workshop to help develop policy and strategy for the UN Department of Political Affairs in advance of the Under-Secretary-General’s visit to Myanmar in the fall.
  • Nepal, September 2006 (New York): A visit to share experiences of the peace process in El Salvador, with emphasis on the FMLN’s transition from armed insurgency to mainstream political party.
  • Timor-Leste, June 2006 (New York): A brainstorming meeting to assess the origins of the rapidly evolving crisis in Timor-Leste as well as the challenges facing the UN needs assessment mission deployed in the days following this meeting.
  • Korean Peninsula, June 2006 (New York): A meeting that brought together experts from North East Asia and the United States to assess security and other challenges facing the Korean peninsula and the potential for an enhanced UN role.
  • Myanmar (Burma), April 2006 (New York): A consultation to discuss the situation in Myanmar (Burma) and the prospects for UN action and assistance.
  • Nepal, February 2006 (New York): A meeting to assess the increasing pressures on the King, the emerging alliance between opposition political parties and the Maoists, and the potential for enhanced UN engagement.
  • Bangladesh, February 2006 (New York): A meeting to assess to what extent problems of governance and militancy pose a challenge to internal security in Bangladesh.


  • Timor-Leste, December 2005 (New York): A meeting that looked forward to the expiration of the mandate of the UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) in May 2006 in the context of increasing concern that the country might continue to need international support beyond then.
  • Central Asia regional meeting, December 2005 (Dushanbe): Expert support to a meeting organized by the United Nations to assess the potential for regional cooperation to combat terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, and organized crime.
  • Sri Lanka, April 2005 (New York): A lunchtime briefing by a visiting Sri Lankan scholar on the peace process.
  • Myanmar (Burma), February 2005 (New York): A meeting to assess the stalled engagement of the UN’s good offices and human rights efforts within the country.
  • Central Asia, 2001-2005 (multiple locations): A joint effort by the UN and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to promote high-level but informal policy dialogue among the five post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and Afghanistan through focused, semi-official meetings that addressed issues of common regional concern.


  • Indonesia, May 2004 (New York): A meeting that brought together a small number of experts to examine critical dynamics in Indonesia’s transition.
  • Nepal, January 2004 (New York): A two-day meeting that explored the dynamics of the Nepal conflict and considered ways that UN good offices could help promote a political resolution.


  • Indonesia, October 2003 (New York): A meeting co-hosted with the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) to examine options for addressing humanitarian and political concerns in the province of Aceh in light of the expiration of martial law in November 2003.


  • Indonesia, June 2002 (Jakarta): A two-day meeting organized jointly with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to examine the incidence and patterns of potential conflict in Indonesia and discuss ways to help strengthen Indonesia’s capacity to resolve and prevent conflict.
  • Nepal, December 2002 (New York): A meeting jointly organized with the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) to discuss the conflict in Nepal.


  • Indonesia, October 2001 (New York): A meeting to examine the principal challenges facing President Megawati Sukarnoputri and the scope for UN support.

"The experts presented their views on the subject, prompting an engaging and productive discussion with the UN officials attending the [CPPF] meeting. The opportunity to consider the issues from different angles was valuable to us, especially against the background of ongoing international consultation on the possible future UN presence in Georgia. We very much liked the lively debate, the quick interaction and the fact that the participants felt free to make critical remarks."

-- Johan Verbeke, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Georgia