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Homepage picture: “Seat of the war in Asia. Map of Afghanistan. From Surveys made by British and Russian Officers upto 1875. Published in the Office of the Chief of Engineers. For the information of the Officers of the US Army. Washington, D.C. Nov. 1878.” Credit: US Library of Congress.


Afghanistan, historically has been an extremely challenging geography for colonial powers and a continued complex subject of discussion.

Lessons of foreign intervention from the 1800’s onwards have rarely been learnt or appreciated.

Winning military battles post 9-11 along with the sacrifices borne by US, coalition and Afghani armed forces over the past two decades have shaped the current policy decision making by the United States with devastating consequences as viewed by recent events.

The post-mortem of President Biden’s decision and manner to withdraw US forces and contractors will be the source of much debate.

At the Asian Economic Forum however we would like to focus on the future of Afghanistan.

With the potential of serious short, medium and long term consequences on the human rights of the local Afghan population with particular emphasis on women and children along with negative impact assessments, the prospects of peace, economic and regional stability seem distant.

We therefore would like to invite a candid Policy discussion on the next steps that need to be initiated by the United States along with other regional and global stakeholders.

Collaborations and Briefing / Policy Paper submissions and discussions


, in the interest of regional peace, security and economic stability and to further help stimulate a Policy Discussion on the rapidly changing events in Myanmar (also known as Burma) we are launching our first Briefing Paper titled:

The Myths of Myanmar

written by Dr. Michael F. Martin


A Policy Paper on Myanmar / Burma is also available:

Burma’s challenges Democracy, Human Rights and Narcotics

We are most grateful to Cheery Zahau (a human rights activist from Myanmar) to provide a Foreword for this Policy Paper.


Please also read our Statement on the Myanmar Economic Forum and our Statement on the Military Coup that occurred in Myanmar / Burma on February 01st, 2021 (dated circa. February 2021).


We commend Vietnam for its ASEAN leadership during this COVID-19 crisis:

Statement: Declaration of the Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19


Please read our COVID-19 NOTICE

We need your HELP in assembling our COVID-19 Task Force in S.E. Asia & its regions.

We welcome your suggestions, please contact us at:

Our Statement on the termWuhan CoronaVirusand its impact on global Public Health Policy discussions and the Policy responses.

Status of our Engagements

Out of an abundance of caution, we have minimized all our public facing engagements in early February 2020.

We are currently practicing physically distanced forms of communication with technologically aided tools to help us continue to dialogue with various stakeholders globally.

We will look forward to resuming our regular interactions in compliance with the geographies from within which we operate.

We thank you for your understanding.

Our immediate priority will be to help support Public Health Policy dialogues and channel these to the appropriate government officials, health policy experts and administrators.

Our sincere gratitude to all the brave front line care-givers, first-responders, emergency staff, doctors, nurses, medical professionals and support staff all across the world  who are doing an incredible service to humanity under very difficult circumstance.

With much appreciation to the global scientific community and health care professionals from various communities and countries globally who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to help contain this deadly virus.

If you would like to hear from us on future Public Health Policy / Economic Outlook Discussions or other engagement initiatives, please do sign up to our Global Appreciation Circle Mailing List.

We thank Dr. Thet Thet Khine, Member of Parliament, House of Representatives & Founder of the People’s Pioneer Party, Republic of the Union of Myanmar for delivering the first:

Nineteenth Amendment Annual Lecture
supporting Women’s Right, Educational Equality and Economic Policy Leadership

(Download Lecture: Advancing Women’s Rights in the 21st Century)

This Annual Lecture aims to celebrate the upcoming Centennial adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution which guaranteed that all women who are citizens of the United States have the right to vote in state and federal elections.

We hope that by establishing this Nineteenth Amendment Annual Lecture, we can inspire the next generation women leaders in Asia to be change agents to further help support Women’s Right, Educational Equality and Economic Policy Leadership.

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Policy Group within the Indo-Pacific Dialogue initiative at the Asian Economic Forum

We are also delighted to be releasing our first Policy Paper titled:

Four economic building blocks for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”

We are also thankful to all the global policy stakeholders that engaged with us during the week of November 18th, 2019 in Washington D.C.

The Asian Economic Forum is embarking on a journey to explore how economic policies in Asia could meaningfully impact Climate Change.

Our immediate focus of conversations will be initially in South East Asia.

Climate Change Economics is the name of our Policy Group wherein we are embarking on a series of discussions that encompass the challenges associated with Climate Change in South East Asia.

The next subsequent stakeholder discussion on Climate Change Economics is to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam – dates and location to be announced soon.

We are pleased to have launched our Discussion Series titled “Engagement with Policy Stakeholders” and  Editorially supported the Myanmar Economic Forum on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

The subject of the Discussion was: Myanmar 2020 and Beyond.

We are extremely pleased by the attendance and engagement which focused primarily on the virtues of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance issues and the path towards national legislation for this cause.

Non-Resident Fellowships

To highlight valuable data, insights and perspectives to policy makers within the Asia geography and beyond, we are in the process of bringing together a small group of domain experts and practitioners as Non-Resident Fellows to the Asian Economic Forum.

The first of these Non-Resident Fellows will be collaborating from within the:

Climate Change Policy Group & Renewable Energy Policy Group at Climate Change Economics

As proponents for long term sustainable economic development and advancement of Asian economies and the stability of their underlying financial markets, the Asian Economic Forum initiated in 2018 the first Indo-Pacific Dialogue to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the US engagement strategy for this region.

The first Indo-Pacific Dialogue took place on Friday, December 07th, 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

A short video at:   (Video Credits).

A White Paper of this initiative is now available in the form of an Executive Summary accompanied by Contributing Notes and a related Policy Paper.

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