The United States is set to name its first special envoy to Myanmar, a strong indicator of America's new pragmatic tack on engaging the troubled Southeast Asian state.
Sources say that President Obama will appoint veteran Asia policymaker Derek Mitchell to the post. Obama's administration concluded in 2009 that its strategy of isolating Myanmar had been ineffective and initiated dialogue with the regime.
Though the US has voiced disappointment over some developments in Myanmar, including last year's elections which have been widely denounced, there is hope that engagement at a relatively fluid time will yield benefits.
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Renewing Myanmar focus, US to name envoy [AFP, 2 Apr 2011]