Over 2013-17, the Beyond Ceasefires Initiative, founded by Sofia Busch and Dr Thant Myint-U, brought high-level advisors involved in peace processes from around the world to meet directly with key peace process actors on all sides of the conflict in Myanmar in order to share tested approaches for resolving conflict and building peace.


Symposiums, roundtable discussions, and workshops were specifically tailored to support Myanmar decision-makers, from government ministers and lead negotiators to Tatmadaw generals and other senior army personnel as well as leaders of ethnic armed organizations and political parties.


International advisors included mediators, chief negotiators, senior advisors, retired army generals, and rebel leaders from Aceh, Burundi, Colombia, East Timor, Indonesia, Liberia, Nepal, North East India, and Philippines. U Thant House was a host venue for many of these closed-door discussions, providing a neutral space that proved conducive to constructive exchange outside of the formal peace negotiations.