The February 1 Coup Aftermath in Myanmar: Impact, Issues, Implications


About the Webinar

Myanmar’s military seized state power on 1 February. Six weeks later, the country finds itself in a deepening and unprecedented political and social crisis. The intensification of this crisis has far-reaching repercussions not only for the country’s ongoing transition to democratic rule but also for the trajectory that it will follow for decades to come. On the one hand, security forces’ sinister use of violence to suppress peaceful protests, accompanied by night-time crackdowns and arrests, have resulted in deaths, innumerable arrests and a state of fear and terror across cities and towns in Myanmar. On the other, resistance to the military’s seizure of power, in the form both of street protests and of a widely supported Civil Disobedience Movement, reflect changes in Myanmar society and in Myanmar citizens’ expectations concerning how their country is governed. All of these developments also concern Myanmar foreign partners—in governments, in international bodies, and in the private sector. Members of the Myanmar Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute will discuss the desperate situation in which Myanmar finds itself in the context of the mounting need for mediation and a coordinated international response to Myanmar’s crisis.

About the Speakers

Moe Thuzar is co-coordinator of the ISEAS Myanmar Studies Programme. She was previously a lead researcher at the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS. She joined ISEAS in 2008, after spending ten years at the ASEAN Secretariat coordinating regional cooperation in social and human development, heading the Human Development Unit for the last three years of her stint. One of her first projects at ISEAS was to document in real-time ASEAN’s coordination of the humanitarian response to Myanmar in the aftermath of the May 2008 Cyclone Nargis. Moe was the first coordinator of the Myanmar Studies Programme at ISEAS, when that programme was established in 2012. Moe was also part of the ASEAN Studies Centre team engaging with Myanmar for its 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship.

Romain Caillaud is a risk and reputation management consultant with more than a decade of experience providing public affairs and strategic intelligence services to corporations, law firms and nonprofits in Japan and Southeast Asia. Currently located in Japan, Romain was based prior in Singapore and in Myanmar, and is originally from France. He is the principal of Tokyo-based advisory firm SIPA Partners, an associate fellow in the Myanmar Studies Program me at Singapore’s think tank ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, and a member of the Japan Committee of the Temple University Law School Compliance Advisory Board. Romain first worked in Myanmar in 2006 at the French Embassy. He returned from 2008 to 2015, when he notably established the Myanmar office of a Southeast Asia-focused public affairs firm, acted as president of the French-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, and obtained a certificate in Burmese language at Yangon University of Foreign Languages.


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Mar 19 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am