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Day one

9.00am - Conference


  • Andrew MacIntyre, Dean,ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
  • Winston Set Aung,Deputy Minister,Ministry of National Planning & Economic Development, Myanmar

9.15 - 11.00am: Political & economic update

Political update

  • Morten Pedersen, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Economic update

  • Anders Engvall, Research Fellow, Stockholm School of Economics,
  • Soe Nandar Linn, Research Associate, Myanmar Development Resource Institute

Discussant: Trevor Wilson, Visiting Fellow, Department of Political & Social Change, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

11.00am - 11.30am - Morning tea break

11.30am - 1.00pm: Democratisation in the big picture

  • “Why were we surprised? Comparative versus case specific perspectives on Burma’s democratic experiment”, Dan Slater, Associate Professor, University of Chicago
  • “Thinking about transitional justice in Myanmar”, Ian Holliday, Professor, University of Hong Kong
  • “What does the rule of law have to do with democratisation (in Myanmar)?” Nick Cheesman, Lecturer, Australian National University

Chair: Paul Hutchcroft, Director, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

1.00 - 2.30pm Lunch break

1.30 - 1.45pm: Launch of ‘ Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya’ A photo exhibit by Greg Constantine

NOTE: Lunch & the exhibit launch will be held at the atrium of the Hedley Bull Centre (Building 130)

2.30 - 4.00pm: From resistance to reengagement

  • “From exile to elections”, Daw Than Than Nu, Secretary-General, Democratic Party (Myanmar)
  • “Sidelined or re-inventing themselves? Exiled activists and democratisation in Burma/Myanmar”, Kerstin Duell, Myanmar programme manager, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Singapore
  • “The return of Burma’s diaspora and its role in social, economic and political reform”, Cheery Zahau, Institute of Chin Affairs

Chair: Marc Purcell, CEO, Australian Council for International Development

4.00 - 4.30pm Afternoon tea break

4.30 - 6.15pm: Parliament, elections & the public

  • “Myanmar’s parliament: From scorn to significance”, Tom Kean, Editor, Myanmar Times
  • “The electoral system reform discussion in Myanmar (Burma)”, Kyle Lemargie, Senior Programs & Research Specialist, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • “Understanding recent labour protests in Myanmar”, Kyaw Soe Lwin, PhD candidate, City University of Hong Kong
  • “Farmers’ networks and Myanmar’s land law: New dynamics of active citizenship”, Tamas Wells, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne

Chair: Susan Harris-Rimmer, Director of Studies, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

6.30 - 7.30pm - Film showing,

‘Dreams of dutiful daughters’, by Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi

7.30 – 9.30pm Conference dinner, at the Great Hall, University House

Day two

9.30 - 11.00am: Prospects & problems for the economy

  • “Priorities for development sequencing in Myanmar”, Winston Set Aung, Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Planning & Economic Development, Myanmar
  • “Burma’s economic reforms: Visions from the past, lessons for the future”, Sean Turnell, Associate Professor, Macquarie University
  • “The Dutch disease in Myanmar”, Min Ye Paing Hein, PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin

Chair: Peter Warr, Head, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

11.00am - 11.30am Morning tea break

11.30am - 1.00pm: Ethnic politics in transition

  • “Cooperation, contestation, conflict: Ethnic political interests in Myanmar”, Nicholas Farrelly, Research Fellow, Australian National University
  • “Democratisation in Myanmar and the fate of Arakan”, U Oo Hla Saw, General Secretary, Rakhine Nationalities Development Party
  • “State terrorism and international compliance: The Kachin armed struggle for political self-determination”, Seng Maw Lahpai, Kachin researcher

Chair: Ed Aspinall, Professor, Department of Political & Social Change, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

1.00 - 3.00pm: Lunch break

1.15 - 3.00pm: Burmese-language panel, ANU postgraduate students

Full details available on separate programme

Sai Kham Maung, PhD submitted, Dept. of Anthropology; Si Thura, M.Public Health candidate, Ma Khaing Khaing Soe, PhD candidate, Crawford School; Myat Khet Nyo, M.Public Policy & Diplomacy candidate; Chit Win, PhD candidate, Dept. of Political & Social Change; Khin Maung Yin, M.Public Policy candidate, Crawford School; Thein Than Htay, M.Public Health candidate

Chair: Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi, Burmese studies convenor, Asian Studies Department, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

3.00 - 4.30pm: The role of security forces

  • “The soldier and the state: The Tatmadaw and political liberalization in Myanmar”, Maung Aung Myoe, Associate Dean, International University of Japan
  • “’Praetorianism’ in post-junta Myanmar: Revisiting the political intervention of Burmese armed forces in the 2010s”, Renaud Egreteau, Research Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
  • “Obstacles to police reform in Burma”, Andrew Selth, Research Fellow, Griffith University

Chair: Monique Skidmore, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), University of Canberra

4.40pm - 4.45pm Conference closes

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