On 31 March 2016, a democratically elected government will take power in Myanmar for the first time in over half a century. But even as Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy assumes the presidency and takes most Cabinet positions, the military and key ministries remain outside of its control. This panel will examine whether the new government and the military can work together, and some of the challenges that they are likely to face, including conflicts with ethnic armed groups, economic development, and religious tensions. The panel will also consider the policies of foreign governments, particularly Australia, the United States, China, India, and the European Union, and how they may shift following the transfer of power.
Speakers will include:
Mr Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow, East Asia Program, Lowy Institute for International Policy
Ma Ye Yint, Myanmar Presidential Scholarship Awardee, ANU
Dr Melissa Crouch, Lecturer, Law Faculty, University of New South Wales
Ningli Hkawn, Graduate student, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU
Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Fellow, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, and Director, Myanmar Research Centre, ANU
Co-sponsored by the ANU Myanmar Research Centre and the Lowy Institute for International Policy