In 2012, the Canadian government opened an embassy in Myanmar after the country engaged in a transitional process following decades of military rule. It was a “start-up” embassy, as Mark McDowell calls it. He was the first Canadian resident Ambassador appointed to Myanmar to establish relationships “from scratch.” Watch our interview and learn more about the process of setting up an embassy, the biggest challenges, as well as the role of social media and digital diplomacy in building bilateral relations.

 

Canada’s ‘Start-up Embassy’

Social Media and the Transitional Process in Myanmar

 

Prospects for Myanmar?

Image courtesy of the Embassy of Canada to Myanmar

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