Myanmar Studies



Among the first of its kind to be established in Southeast Asia (and in Singapore), the Myanmar Studies Programme’s ambit is on policy-oriented research pertaining to the reforms taking place in Myanmar, and the emerging issues and trends in the country’s transition to democracy. Through research, seminars, conferences, consultations and publications – undertaken individually or in partnership with other like-minded entities – the Myanmar Studies Programme seeks to give a critical analysis (and policy-relevant recommendations) on issues and events in Myanmar.

 
Over the next three to five years, the impact of Myanmar’s political, economic and social reforms will become more evident on the ground. Myanmar’s chairmanship of the 2014 ASEAN Summits, and the lead-up to and outcome of general elections due in 2015 will be monitored keenly by the international community.

In support of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s mission, the Myanmar Studies Programme studies the socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Myanmar. The Myanmar Studies Programme seeks to be an intellectual resource for scholars and policy-makers interested in Myanmar as the country progresses with reforms towards democratisation. To this end, the Programme will devote its research primarily to analysing recent developments and events in Myanmar, so that views, perspectives and recommendations generated from this research can be readily utilised by all those interested in Myanmar and her (re)emergence in the regional and international arenas.
 

Programme Coordinators

Ms Moe Thuzar and Dr Michael Montesano coordinate the programme. Please contact Moe Thuzar ([email protected]) for further information.

Current Researchers and Affiliates

  • Ms Moe Thuzar
  • Dr Tin Maung Maung Than
  • Dr Oh Su-Ann
  • U Ye Htut
  • Dr Lin Htet Aung
  • Dr Micah Francis Morton

 

Past Affiliates

ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute also hosts researchers and scholars who work on Myanmar. Among those previously affiliated with the Institute are the following:

  • Professor Robert H. Taylor
  • Associate Professor Sean Turnell
  • Associate Professor Fan Hongwei
  • Mr Lex Reiffel
  • Dr Renaud Egreteau
  • Mr. Thaung Tun
  • Mr Myint Soe
  • Mr Stuart Larkin
  • Dr Jurgen Haacke
  • Dr Maung Aung Myoe
  • Dr Amporn Jirattikorn

 
Myanmar Forum 2016

ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute partnered with University of Michigan’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies for the Myanmar Forum which was held on Friday, 20 May 2016. Myanmar country specialists, business and government practitioners, and an international audience of public and private sector actors interested in Myanmar’s development, participated in the Forum.

The highlight of the Forum was a dialogue session with U Ko Ko Gyi, General Secretary of the 88 Generation (Peace and Open Society) which is a highly respected political organization born out of the student-led democracy protests of 1988. U Ko Ko Gyi is a leading Burmese politician, democracy activist and former prisoner of conscience.

More than 150 participants attended the Myanmar Forum 2016.


For more information, please click here.

Seminars/Workshops/Conferences

For upcoming seminars, please check the events section of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute website. 

Seminars and conferences in the recent past are:

  • Dr Morten Pedersen: "Democratising Myanmar's National Security State", 24 May 2016
  • Dr Maung Aung Myoe: "Myanmar Foreign Policy since 2011: Continuities and Changes", 26 October 2015
  • Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing, Dr Ma Thida, Mr Kyaw Zwa Moe: "Myanmar Elections 2015: Issues and Concerns", 2 October 2015
  • "The Ethnic Chinese of Myanmar: A Multidisciplinary Workshop", 28 August 2015
  • Dr Renaud Egreteau: "Getting to Know the Retired Military Officers in Myanmar's Parliament", 7 May 2015
  • A/P Sean Turnell and Mr Stuart Larkin: "What is the Right Path to Myanmar's Economy?", 23 January 2015
  • International Burma Studies Conference 2014, 1-3 August 2014, Singapore  (coordinator: Moe Thuzar)
  • Dr Tin Maung Maung Than: “Amending Myanmar’s Constitution: Compromise or Contention”?, 18 March 2014
  • A/P Sean Turnell: “Banking and Financial Sector Reform in Myanmar”. 7 February 2014
  • A/P Sean Turnell: (In-house) “Recent Banking Reforms in Myanmar”, 19 December 2013
  • A/P Fan Hongwei: (In-house) “New Perceptions of Myanmar in China”, 18 November 2013
  • “Myanmar at the Margins”, 14-15 November 2013, Singapore  (coordinator: Oh Su-Ann)
  • Dr Tin Maung Maung Than, Ms Moe Thuzar, Professor Robert Tayor:  “Myanmar Reforms Two Years On”, 11 April 2013
  • Dr Tin Maung Maung Than: “Ethnic Conflict and Peacemaking in Myanmar”, 12 March 2013
  • Mr Toshihiro Kudo, Mr Koji Kubo: “Challenges of Economic Reform in Myanmar”, 25 February 2013
  • “International Conference on Myanmar: Setting the Stage for Economic Transition”, 25-26 October 2012, Naypyitaw, Myanmar (coordinator: Omkar Shrestha and Aekapol Chongvilaivan)
  • Dr Tin Maung Maung Than: “The Tatmadaw and Myanmar Reforms”, 17 October 2012
  • “Myanmar Forum 2012”, 8 June 2012, Singapore   (coordinator: Moe Thuzar)
  • Ms Moe Thuzar and Mr Thaung Tun: “By-Elections and Sanctions: Matching Action with Action”, 27 April 2012

 

Publications

ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute has published research and analyses on Myanmar in various formats. Each edition of the bimonthly ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Monitor and the annual Southeast Asian Affairs also covers Myanmar. Scholarship and research on Myanmar frequently appear in the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute journals Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies and SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia.
 

ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Perspective Issues

Titles on Myanmar include the following:

Oh Su-Ann

Drudges or Providers? Working Children in Myanmar (24 May 2016)

Robert Taylor

Myanmar's Presidential Transition: There May (or May Not) Be Trouble Ahead (15 February 2016)

Moe Thuzar

Myanmar's 2015 Elections: New Hope on the Horizon? (17 December 2015)

Kai Oswald and Paul Schuler

Myanmar's Landmark Election: Unresolved Questions (8 December 2015)

Maung Aung Myoe

Presidential Hopefuls in Myanmar's 2015 Elections (3 November 2015)

Oh Su-Ann

A Primer on the Elections in Myanmar, or Six Things You Need to Know About the Myanmar Elections (17 September 2015)

Stuart Larkin

Myanmar Tycoons: Vested Interest Resisting Reform or Agents of Change (22 July 2015)

Leo Suraydinata

Can the Kokang Chinese Problem in Myanmar be Resolved? (15 July 2015)

Lex Reiffel

Improving the Performance of the State Economic Enterprise Sector in Myanmar (10 July 2015)

Oh Su-Ann

On the Rohingya, Statelessness and "Trafficking"" Separating the Fundamental from the Sensational (30 June 2015)

Robert H. Taylor

Ethnicity, Federalism, Citizenship and Politics in Myanmar (26 June 2015)

Robert H. Taylor

Refighting Old Battles, Compounding Misconceptions: The Politics of Ethnicity in Myanmar Today (2 March 2015)

Nick Freeman

Betwixt "Burmese" Cottages and Cronies: The Political Economy of 'Myanmar Inc.' (10 February 2015)

Oh Su-Ann

Counting and Being Counted: Ethnicity and Politics in Myanmar's Census (23 October 2014)

Stuart Larkin

Myanmar: Between Economic Miracle and Myth (11 July 2014)

Zhao Hong

Japan and China Compete for Good Relations with Myanmar (2 July 2014)
 

Stephanie Shannon and Nicholas Farrelly

Ethnic Chinese in the Midst of Myanmar’s Transition (1 April 2014)

Fan Hongwei

China Adapts to New Myanmar Realities (3 March 2014)

Fan Hongwei

Enmity in Myanmar Against China (17 February 2014)

Sean Turnell

Expanding Cooperative Credit in Myanmar: Renaissance or Regression? (27 January 2014)

Sean Turnell

Myanmar’s Central Bank Law Reveals Reform Challenge (13 January 2014)

Moe Thuzar

Is Myanmar Ready for the ASEAN Chair? (30 December 2013)

John Lee

Myanmar Pivots Awkwardly Away from China (12 December 2013)

Oh Su-Ann

Prospects for Ending Child Soldiering in Myanmar (16 September 2013)

Stephanie Shannon and Nicholas Farrelly

Whither Myanmar’s Chinese Stranglehold? (27 June 2013)

Zhao Hong

The China-Myanmar Energy Pipelines: Risks and Benefits (15 May 2013)

Tin Maung Maung Than

Ethnic Insurgencies and Peacemaking in Myanmar (11 April 2013)

Moe Thuzar

Myanmar and the 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship (18 March 2013)

Oh Su-Ann

Rohingya Boat Arrivals in Thailand: From the Frying Pan into the Fire? (4 March 2013)

Oh Su-Ann

Rohingya or Bengali? Revisiting the Paradox of Labelling (10 December 2012)

Robert H. Taylor

Obama in Myanmar: A Visit with Limited Significance (19 November 2012)

Ian Storey

US-Myanmar Defence Cooperation: From Disengagement to Limited Engagement (22 October 2012)

Moe Thuzar and Tin Maung Maung Than

Myanmar’s Rohingya Dilemma (9 July 2012)

 

Books

ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute has published a wide range of influential monographs and edited volumes on Myanmar. Some recent and popular titles are:

  • Nick Cheesman, Nicholas Farrelly (eds): Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, and Religion (2016)
  • Robert H.Taylor: General Ne Win: A Political Biography (2015)
  • Nick Cheesman, Nicholas Farrelly, Trevor Wilson (eds): Debating Democratisation in Myanmar (2014)
  • Maung Aung Myoe: In the Name of Pauk-Phaw (2011)
  • Nick Cheesman, Monique Skidmore and Trevor Wilson: Myanmar’s Transition (2012)
  • Chao Tzang Yawnghwe: The Shan of Burma: Memoirs of a Shan Exile (2010)
  • Nick Cheesman, Monique Skidmore and Trevor Wilson: Ruling Myanmar (2010)
  • Maung Aung Myoe: Building the Tatmadaw (2009)
  • Christopher Roberts:  ASEAN’s Myanmar Crisis (2009)
  • Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Moe Thuzar: Myanmar: Life After Nargis (2009)
  • Ashley South: Civil Society in Burma (2008)
  • Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung: The Karen Revolution in Burma (2008)
  • Robert H.Taylor: Dr Maung Maung (2008)
  • Tin Maung Maung Than: State Dominance in Myanmar (2006)
  • N. Ganesan, Kyaw Yin Hlaing (eds): Myanmar: State, Society and Ethnicity (2007)
  • Mary Callahan: Political Authority in Burma’s Ethnic Minority States (2007)
  • Zaw Oo and Win Min: Assessing Burma’s Ceasefire Accords (2007)
  • Tom Kramer: The United Wa State Party (2007)
  • Kyaw Yin Hlaing, Robert Taylor and Tin Maung Maung Than (eds): Myanmar: Beyond Politics to Societal Imperatives (2005)
  • Mya Than: Myanmar in ASEAN (2005)
  • Mya Than and Joseph L.H. Tan: Myanmar: Dilemmas and Options (1990)