One Year After the Coup: Whither Myanmar?
MYANMAR STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
On 26 January 2021, the Myanmar military intimated the possibility of a takeover, following through with a power grab on 1 February 2021. A year later, the country and its people continue to face a bleak future. The State Administration Council (SAC) junta has not stopped its brutal violence against various communities across Myanmar. It has also remained recalcitrant to the ASEAN Five Point Consensus requirements to which it agreed in April 2021. The SAC’s rhetoric on establishing law and order and “peace” in the country have regressed to language used by the pre-2010 State Peace and Development Council junta. Domestically, the anti-junta resistance remains persistent and determined in urban, rural, Bamar and ethnic areas alike. Humanitarian needs of communities caught in the crossfire between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups/local defence forces are mounting, as are renewed cross-border outflows of people fleeing conflict. The economy is in a downward spiral, with investors pulling out and business operations disrupted by ongoing violence.
Three experts will share updates and analyses, offering some insight into the multi-faceted challenges – and consequences – of Myanmar’s continuing crisis after the 1 February 2021 coup.
About the Speakers
Anthony Davis is a Bangkok-based security analyst and consultant with extensive field experience of a range of armed conflicts across Asia. He writes primarily for IHS-Jane’s security and defence titles in addition to undertaking consultancy work for international corporations and non-governmental organisations. He is a columnist for the Asia Times and Nikkei Asian Review and comments regularly on security issues for leading international media organisations.
Nyantha Maw Lin is an independent analyst, with over a decade of inter-disciplinary experience on government affairs, public policy, and political risk. Before the coup, he supported stakeholder engagement efforts in Rakhine State, and was a member of a voluntary panel of industry and civil society representatives advising the chair of Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission. 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.
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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