Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD have won a history victory in Myanmar’s elections. Now comes a greater challenge: actually governing.
Seventy years after World War II, Southeast Asia stands at a crossroads amid multilateral trade negotiations, economic integration initiatives, political turmoil, and the establishment of new development institutions and regional governance frameworks.
Though Asia remains the fastest growing region globally, its growth rate is slowing. Are the policies of countries in the region robust enough to deal with external exigencies, and how successful will they be?
Myanmar taken a step forward in clearly identifying its reform priorities, but identifying what needs to be done is a far easier task than figuring out how it should be done.
Can today’s leaders draw on lessons from successful experiences of democratization in previous decades to overcome transitional traps and other failures of democracy?
Campaigning has begun for Myanmar’s first general election since the end of direct military rule. But recent events underscore the influential role of the military in the run-up to the election and raise questions about civil-military relations in the country’s transition to democracy.
Fresh from a trip to Yangon and Naypyidaw, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia and the Pacific will give an update on policy toward Myanmar as the country gears up for historic elections. Carnegie’s Vikram Nehru will moderate.
Previous elections in Myanmar have drawn criticism, but the military-dominated Union Election Commission appears to be trying to ensure the upcoming elections are more transparent and better run.
Myanmar’s upcoming 2015 elections will be an important milestone in the country’s struggle to define itself as it goes through profound economic and political change. Yet its transition to democracy is challenged by deep internal ethnic and communal fault lines and a legacy of human rights abuses.
Understanding Myanmar’s attempts to forge a nationwide ceasefire after sixty years of civil war.