Military coup in Myanmar: what just happened?

On 1 February, Myanmar’s military detained the country’s president and put a former army officer serving as vice president in his stead. The new president declared a state of emergency, handing government to the military for the next year. The takeover prevented a new legislature dominated by the National League for Democracy, which won an election last November, from sitting.

The military put the NLD leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, chief ministers of subnational states and territories and others incommunicado since. Protestors and others involved in civil disobedience campaigns, including doctors, teachers and some civil servants, have demanded the military step down and restore civilian government.

What just happened? And what comes next? This panel organised by The Australian National University (ANU) Myanmar Research Centre will tackle these and other questions on the politics, law and current affairs of Myanmar before and after the coup.


Nick Cheesman, Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change, The Australian National University

Nicholas Coppel, former Australian Ambassador to Myanmar

Melissa Crouch, Professor, Law School, University of New South Wales

Chaired by Jonathan Liljeblad, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law

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Nick Cheesman, Nicholas Coppel, Melissa Crouch, Johnathan Liljeblad

Date & time

Start date: Tuesday 16 February 2021

End date: Tuesday 16 February 2021



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