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Australian Institute of International Affairs presents

Myanmar’s political transition

Panel presentation


When:

11th May 2016
6-7pm

Where:

Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU

Speakers:

Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Director, ANU Myanmar Research Centre
Mr Chit Win, PhD candidate, Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU
Ms Jacqueline Menager, PhD candidate, Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU

Cost:

Free

A panel presentation featuring Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Ms Jacqueline Menager, and Mr Chit Win.

In November 2015, Myanmar held historic elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy secured a landslide victory, ending over half a century of military rule. How has the country fared so far under new leadership? What significant role can Aung San Suu Kyi play in the country’s political future? What are the prospects for democratisation and further reform in Myanmar? What kind of foreign policy can we expect?

Co-hosted with the ANU Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and the ANU Myanmar Research Centre, the AIIA ACT will convene a panel of Myanmar scholars to grapple with these important questions and to discuss Myanmar’s political future.

Speakers:

Dr Nicholas Farrelly

Nicholas Farrelly is Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre, Director of the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute and a Fellow at the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His research stretches across the Southeast Asian region and focuses on relationships between government control, spatial organisation and political conflict. In 2006 he co-founded a website on mainland Southeast Asia called New Mandala which offers regular analysis of social and political issues in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar, and the other countries of the region.

Mr Chit Win

Chit Win is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change, Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. He is an Australian Leadership Award recipient. He is also a Deputy Director from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw and oversaw Myanmar – Thailand boundary affairs before coming to Australia. Previously, Chit Win has been posted to Jakarta and Tel Aviv in various capacities.

Ms Jacqueline Menager

Jacqueline Menager is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change, Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. She has spent the last few years living and working in Myanmar. Her research interests include shifting elite values, young people in Yangon, and the role of rumours in recent communal violence. Jacqueline also worked for the Australian Embassy in Myanmar covering human rights reporting and political developments.

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