The Partnership Policy Dialogues are a series of six multi-day conferences that will take place from 2021 – 2023 to explore solutions to key policy and sustainability challenges facing the Lower Mekong. The conferences will explore the following themes including: Connectivity, energy and infrastructure, non-traditional security, transboundary water governance, and nature-based solutions. Tying the conference experiences together are cross-cutting values of inclusivity, resilience (including climate), and collaboration.

The Stimson Center and the International Union of Nature (IUCN) will host the first four-day event in March 2021. The five remaining Policy Dialogues will take place over the next three years. Together, the conferences will engage government and non-government stakeholders from across the Mekong region on a range of issues, including: Connectivity, energy and infrastructure, non-traditional security, transboundary water governance, and nature-based solutions. These events are part of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership’s larger efforts to promote stability, peace, prosperity, and sustainable development in the Mekong sub-region.

Ambassador Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs said, “We aim to support  regional efforts to preserve a free and open Mekong region that guarantees opportunity and dignity for people in the region.  We will focus our work on helping our Mekong partners to strengthen good governance, economic independence, and sustainable development by promoting a transparent, rules-based approach to transboundary challenges.”

The Mekong-U.S. Partnership promotes the stability, peace, prosperity, and sustainable development of the Mekong sub-region through cooperation among the Mekong partner countries and the United States. It further reinforces the strong and longstanding relationship among the United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The Partnership builds upon 11 years of cooperation and progress through the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) to expand collaboration in the face of new challenges and opportunities.  The Partnership supports the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision and is an integral part of support and cooperation between the United States and ASEAN. 

The Partnership Policy Dialogues are generously supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Stimson Center and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue #1

The Stimson Center and the International Union of Nature (IUCN) will host the first of six Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogues, with the first four-day event beginning March 19 (Asia)/March 18 (U.S.). The opening plenary session will feature keynote remarks from Ambassador Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and a high-level panel. The opening plenary session is open to the public and press. RSVP to attend opening plenary: March 19, 8:30am ICT (9:30pm EDT).