Operation 1027 and Its Broader Implications for Myanmar
MYANMAR STUDIES PROGRAMME
About the Webinar
On 27 October, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and its allies launched a surprise offensive against the State Administration Council (SAC) military regime in Myanmar. The speed and scale of Operation 1027 has resulted in significant losses for the Myanmar army. Operation 1027 alliance troops have taken control of army bases, and towns along key trade routes with China. Resistance forces across Myanmar, from Kayah and Kayin in the South to Rakhine in the West, have also launched offensives against the Myanmar military in the wake of Operation 1027.
This webinar will assess the broader implications of Operation 1027 in Myanmar, the respective responses of the SAC and the resistance movement, immediate impacts for communities in the path of the conflict, how the conflict affects bilateral relations with and concerns of Myanmar’s neighbours regarding trade and infrastructure development, and overall prospects for peace and stability in Myanmar.
About the Speakers
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 analyst and researcher from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. He has authored several articles on humanitarian and human rights issues, political transition, and developments after the 2021 coup in Myanmar. He contributed to the Pulitzer Centre project on intensive armed conflict in Rakhine State during 2018-20, and has undertaken research on the Arakan Army’s movements post-2021. He is currently an East West Center-affiliated student at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Yun Sun leads the Myanmar work at the Stimson Center, where she is a Senior Fellow, Co-Director of the East Asia Program, and Director of the China Program. Under her leadership of the Myanmar project, Stimson has developed a record of deeply informed academic scholarship on great powers’ role in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Yun Sun worked on China’s national security decision-making processes as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and on China’s foreign policy as China Analyst for the International Crisis Group.
This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.
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