The Prospects for Peace in Myanmar
Charles Petrie OBE, Head, Myanmar Peace Support Initiative
Chair: Lord Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Chatham House
The speaker will argue that the peace process in Myanmar (Burma) is coming to a critical juncture – after three years of negotiation to resolve more than six decades of conflict, sixteen ceasefires have been signed. Yet the parties have still to start formal dialogue on the political issues that have driven the conflict. The aftermath of the country’s first fully participatory elections, anticipated to be held later this year, may absorb the extra political capital needed to push the peace process forward. Could it be that this potentially momentous step towards a more democratic future moves the country further from the prospect of making peace?