Myanmar's Landmark Elections: Assessing the Outcome
Dr Richard Cockett, Author, Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma; South East Asia Editor (2010-14), The Economist
Dr Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Tin Htar Swe OBE, Editor, Burmese Service, BBC
Chair: Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
After brief talk of a possible delay, Myanmar’s historic general election scheduled for 8 November looks to go ahead as planned, the country’s first elections since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending decades of military rule. Following the results, the panel will discuss the outcome and assess the process of transition to democracy. In addition, they will consider the impact of continuing ethnic tensions, prospects for economic development and implications for national unity and regional stability.