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The Coup and the Intricacies of Power-Sharing in Myanmar
March 11, 2021 - 16:30-18:00
The February Coup of the Tatmadaw raises important questions about the nature of power-sharing and the future of democracy in Myanmar. Why did the Tatmadaw end a power-sharing agreement that took them two decades to install and that gave them a huge number of prerogatives and powers? What does it tell us about the self-perception of the Tatmadaw in the ‘disciplined democracy’? Almost immediately after the coup, people took to the streets to demand the return of democracy and reinstalment of the popularly elected government. What can be said about the resistance against the coup and military rule? How can womens’ active participation in the current anti-coup resistance be described? What will be the implications of the coup for the future political trajectory of the country? Will Myanmar go back to direct military rule?
Marco Bünte, Professor of Asian Politics at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research specializes on issues of democratization and authoritarian resilience, civil-military relations and social movements, with a focus Southeast Asia.
Jenny Hedström, assistant professor in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research concerns the relationship between households, gender, and warfare; gender, transitions, and peace building; and women’s activism and resistance, with a focus on non-state armed conflict in Myanmar. Jenny holds two research grants from the Swedish Research Council: one explores the politics and effects of gender expertise in peacebuilding in Myanmar. The other project examines the role of women’s social reproductive labour in relation to civil war.
Debbie Stothard is an active promoter of human rights in Burma and the Asean region. She is General Director of the International Federation for Human Rights (fidh), and Coordinator and founder of the Alternative Asean Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma), an organization that supports grassroots human rights and democracy movements in Myanmar.
The seminar is co-organized by the ABF Stockholm, the Olof Palme International Center, and the Forum for Asian Studies at Stockholm University.
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