Transition in Myanmar: The Dynamics of Change
The past few years have seen significant change in Myanmar (Burma) after a period of stagnation and isolation under military rule lasting almost half a century (1962-2011). Myanmar’s long policy of isolation has been thrust aside in favour of reforms, leading to a rapid expansion of diplomatic ties, considerable inward investment and Myanmar’s assumption of the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2014. While many shortcomings inevitably remain, many observers find that Myanmar is now governed by 'the first functioning legislature since the democratic period of 1948–62'. There have also been gradual but important steps towards improving human rights in the country, although this remains a highly challenging issue.
This event will take place in Yangon, Myanmar. The purpose of this two-day roundtable is to:
- Assess the sustainability of change – political, economic and social - in Myanmar;
- Identify obstacles to further progress internally and assess the outlook for the first fully democratic elections to be held in 2015;
- Examine the possibilities for deeper international engagement and identify where and how foreign governments, international organizations, the private sector and NGOs can have maximum impact.
This invitation-only event is sponsored by Prudential and British Gas.
The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.