Myanmar Twenty-Two Months After The Coup
MYANMAR STUDIES PROGRAMME
About the Webinar
The aftermath of the February 2021 coup in Myanmar continues to show a bleak landscape. The State Administration Council (SAC) is setting in motion plans for an election in 2023 while suppressing dissent. The disruptions to the economy arising from the coup have negatively affected the lives of many Myanmar citizens. Resistance to the SAC regime persists on multiple fronts and in various forms. The parallel National Unity Government (NUG) and ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) have asserted local administrative control in several parts of Myanmar, drawing disproportionate crackdowns, including airstrikes, from SAC forces. At the same time, various forces resisting the military are carrying on discussions on their visions of a federal future for Myanmar, while some engage in talks with the military. Confronted with multiple challenges to their daily lives and immediate future, people in Myanmar seem largely sceptical of international and regional responses. In this webinar, three experts offer some insight into prevailing sentiments and challenges of Myanmar’s multidimensional crisis.
About the Speakers
Nyantha Maw Lin is Executive Director of the Anagat Foundation. He has over a decade of experience on government, public policy and political risk assessment related to Myanmar. He has convened multi-sectoral dialogues with government, the private sector, and civil society in Myanmar, and has participated in Track 1.5 and Track 2 conversations in the region.
Amara Thiha is a doctoral researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He has over eight years’ experience in peace and security dialogue, ceasefire and conflict management, and foreign policy/public diplomacy matters related to Myanmar. Amara was involved in the negotiations for the 2015 Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, through to its signing. His past research affiliations include the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, and the Stimson Center.
Kyaw Hsan Hlaing is an independent journalist from Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and is the author of several articles and first-person accounts on human rights, humanitarian crises, political transitions, and issues related to the 2021 coup in Myanmar. He was a guest contributing writer for a Pulitzer Centre project on intensive armed conflict in Rakhine State during 2018-20.
About the Discussant
Debbie Stothard is the founder and director of ALTSEAN-Burma. She developed the first ongoing women-specific human rights training programme for Myanmar in 1997 and has supported many young women leaders in Myanmar. Debbie was the first woman from Southeast Asia elected to the leadership of the International Federation of Human Rights, the oldest human rights NGO. Debbie has also campaigned actively on business abuses of human rights over many years.
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