OCTOBER 28, 2019 - Myanmar’s Democracy at a Crossroads?

Myanmar’s Democracy at a Crossroads?

Myanmar has been making efforts toward democracy since 2011. The election in 2015 of the NLD, and its Nobel prize-winning leader Aung San Suu Kyi, marked a new milestone where hopes were high that Myanmar would rejoin the international community as a responsible, democratic state after several decades of civil war, authoritarian government and military repression. Yet, the last two years have featured headlines of genocide against the Rohingyas and persistent armed conflicts with ethnic minorities that have raised disturbing questions regarding the regime’s orientation. As Myanmar heads into elections in 2020, can we expect it to move ahead with greater democratic change? This panel will discuss the overall developments in Myanmar, with a focus on the military-civilian balance of power, peace negotiations with ethnic armed groups, and the performance of the NLD Government.

Monday, October 28, 2019
3 to 5 p.m.
(57 Louis-Pasteur Private, University of Ottawa)

All are welcome.


  • Jacques BERTRAND | Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate) of Political Science/Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute, University of Toronto
  • Kai OSTWALD | Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • Alexandre PELLETIER | Postdoctoral Fellow, SE Asian Program, Cornell University
  • Tun MYINT | Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Myat PAN HMONE | Independent Consultant, Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security

Event organized in partnership with the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and the Neuberger-Jesin Professorship of International Conflict Resolution at uOttawa.

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