Understanding Myanmar Today: Liberalization and Crisis in an Era of Political Reform
April 24, 2019 - 15:00-17:00
Open lecture by Nick Cheesman, Australian National University followed by a panel discussion with Chie Ikeya (Rutgers University), Nyi Nyi Kyaw (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore), Elizabeth Rhoads (King’s College London), and Morten Pedersen (University of New South Wales).
Since its political opening nearly a decade ago, Myanmar has experienced profound transformations across a wide range of economic, political, and social spheres. While a transition to democracy was optimistically predicted with the ascendency of the National League for Democracy government following the 2015 general election, an ensuing ceasefire agreement the same year, and increasing international connections, the past few years have seen continuing challenges with growing religious nationalism, dispossession of and struggles for land, weak rule of law and justice, and stalled political reforms. Moreover, the treatment of the Rohingyas and the government’s inability to act on the crisis has seriously tarnished its reputation. This lecture and panel discussion with a number of leading international scholars attempts to take stock of the current situation in Myanmar.