2015 Myanmar/Burma Update

2015 Myanmar/Burma Update
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Making sense of conflict

As rapid political, economic and social changes continue in Myanmar ahead of the general elections anticipated for later this year, the theme for the 2015 Myanmar/ Burma Update is 'Making Sense of Conflict'.

Since the last Myanmar/Burma Update conference in 2013, Myanmar has suc- ceeded in making progress on many key economic and social reforms, and in certain areas of institution building. At the same time, political, social and armed conflict per- sists, and in some parts of the country has increased considerably. The continuation of longstanding conflicts in Myanmar raises questions about their persistence and the prospects of efforts to resolve them. Other non-traditional conflicts also are emerging, and are cause for significant concern.

The 2015 conference aims to address the breadth and depth of conflicts in Myanmar from a range of angles, offering perspec- tives of people working on the groundand those studying the country abroad. It presents an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to draw on their research and work in studying and addressing conflict in Myanmar to probe its many layers, and consider the means by which conflict might be resolved.

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Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

 

2015 Myanmar/Burma Update
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The theme for the 2015 Myanmar/Burma Update is ‘Making Sense of Conflict’.

Conference speakers will engage with the following themes:

Conference speakers have been invited to explore the nuances and intersections between different types of conflict and efforts to resolve them.

2015 Myanmar/Burma Update

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Download full event program 2015 Myanmar/Burma Update Program [PDF, 5MB]

Day One - Friday 5 June

9.00–9.05am Welcome to Country

Aunty Susan Barry, Ngunnawal Elder

9.05–9.20am Conference opening

Professor Gareth Evans AC, QC, Chancellor, Australian National University (ANU)

9.20–10.00am

Keynote address
H.E. U Khin Aung Myint, Speaker, Amyotha Hluttaw, Myanmar


Chair: Professor Michael Wesley, Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU

10.00–10.30am

ANU Myanmar Research Centre launch
Professor Veronica Taylor, Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Associate Professor Helen James, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Dr Charlotte Galloway, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Daw Khin Thidar Aye, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU


Chair: Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU

10.30–11.00am Morning tea break (refreshments provided by the ANU Myanmar Students' Association, ANUMSA)
11.00–12.00pm

Political update
Associate Professor Mary Callahan, University of Washington, A perfect storm? Politics, elections and the peace process in 2015


Discussant: Dr Morten Pedersen, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

12.00–1.00pm

Economic update
Professor Mike Woods, University of Technology, Sydney, Ms Nu Nu Win, Australian Treasury, Mr Sam Hurley, Centre for Policy Development, Key findings from the Myanmar Trade and Investment Strategy Consultation Paper, by the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU


Chair: Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs

1.00–2.30pm

Lunch break (meals provided by the Australia Mon Association)
1.30–2.15pm Book launch (Coombs Ext. 1.04)
Opposing the rule of law: How Myanmar’s courts make law and order (Cambridge University Press, 2015), by Dr Nick Cheesman, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU
Associate Professor Mary Callahan, University of Washington, Adjunct Associate Professor Andrew Selth, Griffith University, Dr Melissa Crouch, UNSW


Chair: Professor Edward Aspinall, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU

2.30–4.30pm

Borderland conflicts and peace negotiations (1)
1. Dr Min Zaw Oo, Myanmar Peace Center, The peace process and challenges to ceasefire implementation in Myanmar
2. Ma Su Mon Thazin Aung, University of Hong Kong, The politics of policymaking in transitional government: A case study of the ethnic peace process in Myanmar
3. U Hkyet Hting Nan, Member of Parliament, Amyotha Hluttaw, Myanmar, Kachin politics, the Hluttaw and the peace process
4. Dr Nicholas Farrelly, ANU, Myanmar’s politics of military force in the wake of new conflict


Chair: Associate Professor Allen Hicken, University of Michigan

4.30–5.00pm Afternoon tea break (refreshments provided by ANUMSA)
5.00–6.00pm

Burmese-language roundtable (sponosored by ANUMSA)
U Hyket Hting Nan, Amyotha Hluttaw MP, Dr Min Zaw Oo, Myanmar Peace Center, U Kyaw Min, Democracy and Human Rights Party, Ma Su Mon Thazin Aung, University of Hong Kong, U Khin Maung Yin, UNSW, Naing Ko Ko, ANU, Ma Khin Khin Mra, ANU


Chair: U Chit Win, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU Side event: Friendly Myanmar language session by the ANU Myanmar Students' Association (Coombs Ext. 1.04)

7.30–9.00pm Conference dinner (Great Hall, University House)

Music by Yuri Takahashi, Comments by Professor Veronica Taylor, Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Day Two - Saturday 6 June

9.30–11.00am

Borderland conflicts and peace negotiations (2)
1. Dr Costas Laoutides and Dr Anthony Ware, Deakin University, Making sense of Kachin separatist conflict
2. Mr Gregory Cathcart, DanChurchAid, Landmines as a form of protection between conflict and ceasefire
3. Ms Jenny Hedström, Monash University, ’I want to be a very brilliant fighter’: Gendered responses to the conflict in Kachin State
4. Mr Ricky Yue, City University of Hong Kong, Pacifying the margins: A case study on the political economy of the Pa-O Self-Administrated Zone in the southern Shan State


Chair: Daw Khin Thidar Aye, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacfic Affairs, ANU

11.00–11.30am Morning tea break (refreshments provided by ANUMSA)
11.30–1.00pm

Communal violence and the “western gateway” with Bangladesh
1. Mr Matt Schissler, Myanmar Media & Society Research Project, Oxford University, Discourses of a Buddhist-Muslim conflict: Listening in six Myanmar cities
2. U Kyaw Min, Democracy and Human Rights Party, Who will rescue the Rohingya from their man-made tragedy?
3. Mr Tamas Wells, University of Melbourne, Crazy or disingenuous? Making sense of reactions to communal violence in Myanmar
4. Mr Helal Md Khan, International Research Institute, Bangladesh, Making sense of nonsense borders: Conflicts at Myanmar’s western borders and their dimensions


Chair: Dr Cecilia Jacob, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU,

1.00–2.30pm

Lunch break (meals provided by the Australia Mon Association)
1.30–2.15pm Journal special issue launch (Coombs Ext. 1.04)
“From Burma to Myanmar: Critical transitions”, Social Research, Vol. 82, No. 2, June 2015 Professor Andrew Walker, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU, Associate Professor Sean Turnell, Macquarie University


Chair: Dr Nick Cheesman, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU

2.30–4.00pm

Electoral politics and the legislature
1. Professor Chaw Chaw Sein, Head, Department of International Relations, University of Yangon, Electoral politics in Myanmar in 2015
2. U Chit Win, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU, Parliament's role in conflict resolution
3. Mr Michael Lidauer, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Elections and conflict dynamics in Myanmar, 2015
4. Dr Melissa Crouch, UNSW, Legislating reform? Law and conflict in Myanmar


Chair: Mr Trevor Wilson, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU

4.00–4.30pm Afternoon tea break (refreshments provided by ANUMSA)
4.30–6.00pm

The many dimensions of conflict
1. Dr Bridget Welsh, National Taiwan University, Is Myanmar divided? Political cleavages and differences in the 2015 Asia Barometer Survey results
2. Dr Jayde Roberts, University of Tasmania, Power, participation and Yangon
3. Mr Gerard McCarthy, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU, At the limits of ‘big P’ politics: Welfare networks, informal institutions and the religious framing of political identity in provincial Myanmar


Chair: Associate Professor Greg Fealy, Head, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU

6.00pm Conference closes

 

2015 Myanmar/Burma Update
Photo credit: Boothee Thaik Htun

Farrelly, N, Cheesman, N, Aspinall, E et al, eds, 2014, Myanmar's Democratization: Comparative and Southeast Asian Perspectives, South East Asia Research, vol. 22, no. 2.

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Debating Democratization in Myanmar. Ed. by Nick Cheesman, Nicholas Farrelly and Trevor Wilson, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. 2014 (Based on the 2013 Update)

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Myanmar's Transition: Openings, Obstacles and Opportunities. Ed. by Nick Cheesman, Monique Skidmore, and Trevor Wilson, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. 2012 (Based on the 2011 Update)

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Ruling Myanmar from Cyclone Nargis to National Elections Ed. by Nick Cheesman, Monique Skidmore, and Trevor Wilson, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. 2010 (Based on 2009 Update)

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Dictatorship, Disorder and Decline in Myanmar Ed. by Monique Skidmore and Trevor Wilson, available from ANU E-Press at: press.anu.edu.au (Based on 2007 Update)

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Myanmar: State, Community and the Environment Ed. by Monique Skidmore and Trevor Wilson. Asia Pacific Press. (Available from Asia Pacific Press at: press.anu.edu.au (Based on 2006 Update)

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Myanmar's Long Road to National Reconciliation Ed. by Trevor Wilson. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies/Asia Pacific Press, 310pp. 2006 (Based on 2004 Update)

 

The Illusion of Progress. The Political Economy of Reform in Burma/Myanmar Ed. by David Mathieson and R J May. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, 307pp. 2004 (Based on 2002 Update)

 

Burma-Myanmar: Strong Regime, Weak State? Ed. By Morten B. Pedersen, Emily Rudland, and R.J. May. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, 287pp. 2000 (Based on 1999 Update)

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2015 Myanmar/Burma Update
Photo credit: Boothee Thaik Htun

Registration

Please register your attendance via Eventbrite.

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Conference Dinner Friday 5 June - payment

Enquiries

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T 02 6125 2167

For media inquiries

James Giggacher
Editor, New Mandala
T 02 6125 0528
M 0478 876 168
james.giggacher@anu.edu.au

 

Convenors

Nick Cheesman

E nick.cheesman@anu.edu.au
or via mbu@anu.edu.au
T +61 2 6125 0181

Nicholas Farrelly

E nicholas.farrelly@anu.edu.au
or via mbu@anu.edu.au
T +61 2 6125 8220

 

Advisory panel members

Justine Chambers
Violet Cho
Charlotte Galloway
Chit Win
David Gilbert
Gerard McCarthy
Khin Khin Mra
Khin Maung Yin
Myint Zaw
Naing Ko Ko
Pyone Myat Thu
Janelle Saffin
Andrew Selth
Trevor Wilson

Download the 2015 MBU guidebook app.

Join the 2015 MBU conversation

For updates on speakers and special events, subscribe to the Myanmar/Burma Update mailing list.

Twitter: @ANUBellSchool

Facebook: @ANUBellSchool

Instagram: share your Myanmar/Burma photos with us by tagging @ANU_BELLSCHOOL and using the hashtag #MyanmarUpdate

Participating ANU departments

Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

 

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