The Myanmar/Burma update conference series

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The Myanmar/Burma Update is a series of regular conferences that focus on recent economic, political and social conditions in Burma and provide in-depth analysis into a select theme of particular relevance to Burma's socio-economic development. They have been held approximately every 18-24 months since their inception as the Burma Update in 1990. From 2004 the series has been called the Myanmar/Burma Update. The next update is planned for the first half of 2015.

The main objective of the Update is to inform government agencies, policy makers, the corporate sector, NGOs, journalists and members of the Australian community about this important country. Each conference has featured Burmese and non-Burmese professionals presenting the results of research done on recent developments and timely issues in Myanmar/Burma. People attending the conference come from diverse backgrounds: development assistance specialists, journalists, lawyers, government officials, business people, academics, and students.

Each time the conference includes presentations on political and economic developments as well as papers that address emerging issues. Previous Myanmar/Burma Update themes have covered national reconciliation, state/civil society relations and the role of the military, agriculture and rural development, health & education, economic prospects, and international relations.

The first Burma Update was organised at the Australian National University in 1990 by ANU researchers. In some years the conference series has been organised in conjunction with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. Financial assistance for the series has been provided by the Australian National University, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), and in 2004, 2009, and 2011 through grants from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Support for the 2006 conference was also received from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan.

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Kerstin Duell

Kerstin Duell’s research focuses on the Diaspora’s role in Myanmar’s political transition. Her thesis analysed the impact of transnational advocacy networks and donor agendas on the Burmese activists exiled in India and Thailand. As Myanmar programme manager for the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Singapore.

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Anders Engvall

Anders Engvall is a Research Fellow at the Southeast Asia Research Program, Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. His research is focused on economic development, poverty and the economics of conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily Myanmar and Thailand.

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Tamas Wells

Tamas Wells worked in the development sector in Myanmar from 2006 to 2012, most recently for Save the Children, as an advisor to the Paung Ku civil. He is currently a research higher degree candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne, an aid consultant and moderator of the Paung Ku Forum.

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Cheery Zahau

Cheery Zahau is a Chin activist from Burma working to restore democracy and human rights in her country. She left Burma when she was 17 and settled in India where she works extensively on women's capacity building within her local Chin communities. She successfully formed Women’s League of Chinland”.

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Professor Ian Holliday

Ian Holliday’s research focuses on political reform in Burma/Myanmar. His most recent book is Burma Redux: Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011). His classroom teaching addresses dilemmas of humanitarian intervention.

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Daw Than Than Nu

Daw Than Than Nu left Burma with her father U Nu following the 1962 military coup, and briefly lived in Thailand before settling down in India. She worked as a translator-announcer at the New Delhi office of All India Radio for two decades.

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