The Political Economy of Burma's Transition: Obstacles and Ways Forward
Sean Turnell, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Macquarie University; Adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi
Chair: Lord Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The speaker will look at the most significant of Burma’s (Myanmar) recent economic reforms, distinguishing the potentially transformational from the superficial. He will explore the political, strategic and nationalist ends underlying the recent economic changes, arguing that basic economic freedoms and ‘bottom-up’ reforms have proved decisive.