When Myanmar’s military government undertook political reforms in 2011, enabling a power sharing agreement with a civilian government and allowing for more transparent and fair elections, international observers were hopeful about the country’s democratic prospects. In the intervening years, however, hopes were tempered by revelations about state-sponsored violence against the Rohingya people and the military’s unwillingness to fully commit to reform. The military coup d’etat on February 1, 2021 leaves the country’s political future uncertain. What lies ahead for Myanmar? Our panel discusses the overlapping crises of ethnic conflict, nation-building and authoritarian backsliding.
Moderated by David Stroup, University of Manchester, U.K.
Organized by Peter Rutland and David Stroup