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An Acquaintance with Burma by Sir Robert Cooper

15 April 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Robert Cooper’s acquaintance with Burma began when he was sent by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to New York for the UN General Assembly in 1970. There he became friends with Aung San Suu Kyi, who was working in U Thant’s Secretariat. He has never served in Burma, but visited it a number of times, to see ASSK or on official business, or both. He was involved in policy towards Burma while serving in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in the Cabinet Office – when he worked for Tony Blair – and at the European Union, where he was Cathy Ashton’s Special Envoy for Burma at the time of the opening up following the 2010 elections. He will talk about his acquaintance with Aung San Suu Kyi and the problems of policy on Burma.

Amongst his other publications, Robert Cooper’s book The Breaking of Nations won the Orwell prize for political writing. His latest book, The Ambassadors was published earlier this year.

To join the meeting, tap on the link below a little before 1.00pm (UK time) on Thursday, 15th April 2021.


Meeting ID: 884 8332 5104
Passcode: 938071

BBS members have priority and the maximum attendance is 100. Please do NOT share the link more widely, including on social media.



15 April 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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