Myanmar After the Coup: Insights from Inside


About the Webinar
More than 100 days after the military seized power in Myanmar, the country and its people continue to face a bleak future, marked by violence and uncertainty. The State Administration Council junta has not heeded repeated calls for cessation of violence, even after agreeing to an ASEAN-proposed Five-Point Consensus in April 2021. Persistent and determined opposition to the coup remains strong, despite the continuing violence and harassment inflicted by security forces. Resistance is also strong in the ethnic areas. The National Unity Government and its vision for a federal union are taking shape and gaining ground, further threatening the military junta’s efforts to impose “control” over the populace; the economy continues to flail in the face of continuing protests and civil disobedience campaigns.

This webinar will hear views from inside Myanmar on the situation at ground level, in both urban and ethnic areas, and offer insight into people’s prevailing sentiments and reactions to the current crisis.

About the Speakers

Nyantha Maw Lin brings over a decade of inter-disciplinary experience consulting on government, public policy, and political risk for multinational companies, international financial institutions, and philanthropic and donor organizations. Before the coup, he supported stakeholder engagement efforts in Rakhine, and was a member of a voluntary advisory panel of industry and civil society representatives commissioned by the Chair of Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission. He has convened a regular multi-sectoral dialogue that included participants in government, the private sector, and civil society, as well as participating in Track 1.5 and Track II conversations elsewhere in the region. Nyantha holds a degree in Political Science/International Relations from Carleton College, where he was a C.V. Starr Scholar. He is also an Eisenhower Fellow (2018) and was additionally awarded a Douglas Dillon Fellowship in his year, recognizing Eisenhower Fellows who combine private enterprise and public service.

Maw Htun Aung stood as a candidate for the Amyotha Hluttaw (Senate) representing the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy in Myanmar’s 2020 elections. An Obama Foundation Fellow, Maw Htun was the Country Manager for Natural Resource Governance Institute in Myanmar, overseeing transparency and accountability in extractive industries. He was a Fulbright fellow at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. Maw Htun continues to be an advocate for natural resource federalism, and is a founder – and current strategic advisor – of Another Development, a local think tank for sub-national governments. He on the boards of Arravati, a social development organisation, and Paung Ku, a local civil society strengthening initiative.



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May 21 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am