The Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) has a growing research interest in conflicts, security and development issues in Southeast Asia. Since 2007, ISDP has actively sought to develop closer ties with academic and research organizations throughout Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar. ISDP is deepening its cooperation with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) based in Singapore, Myanmar ISIS, MDRI based in Yangon, and others further afield with the intention to initiate new fields of research. Constituent of this is an increasing focus on the domain of non-traditional security challenges, including the environment, and research into regional cooperation and mechanisms in countering transboundary threats as well as new peace building initiatives. Presently, ISDP has an exchange relationship with MDRI, Yangon and the School of International Relations, Yunnan University, China's leading research institute for Southeast Asia studies. The ISDP Myanmar/Burma project has stimulated, and equally benefited from international engagement. From 2007 and onwards, ISDP has held workshops in Stockholm, Kunming, Beijing, Naypyidaw and Yangon, drawing participants from Asia, Europe and North America. Issues discussed at these workshops ranged from the current state of the pro-democracy movement inside and outside Myanmar, national reconciliation & peace building, to political development in the aftermath of the adoption of the 2008 Constitution; other issues discussed included the roles of regional players in promoting democratic change in Myanmar/Burma. The Myanmar/Burma project at ISDP is currently expanding to establish further contacts and widen its research scope.