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Panel Discussion on "Democracy in Myanmar (Burma): Where Is It Headed?"
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A panel discussion on the democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Since the dawn of the Arab spring, democratization in previously authoritarian regimes has been a topic that sparks hope as well as concern for the future. Myanmar had its first elections in 20 years in 2010 after long years of political repression and control. Although it had been widely claimed that the elections were rigged and the constitution unsupported, Myanmar has been moving towards a more open society since then. For the first time, people are allowed to gather and protest in public, and the media is allowed significant freedom to express independent opinions as well as expose conflicting issues. The new government freed political prisoners many of whom were previously denied even to exist, and one of the prisoners is the noble laureate Daw Aung San Su Kyi, the head of the opposition. On the flip side of the coin, however, there had been increasing conflicts between religious groups and the civil war with ethnic people is still on-going despite the attempts to bring peace to the ethnic regions. In this critical time of transition period, it becomes important to identify the issues that Myanmar has to face in order to direct the country on the right path.
U Ba Win - Vice President of Bard Early College Policies and Programs
Professor Kristin Scheible - Assistant Professor of Religion
Professor Ken Haig - Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Thant Ko Ko - Bard senior (Class of 2013)
Center for Civic Engagement Community Actions Award Event
*Light refreshments afterwards
Time: 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema
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