Demystifying Burma’s Transition

Demystifying Burma’s Transition – A conversation with Debbie Stothard, ALTSEAN-Burma

Venue: PSA office, H-17/1, Basement, Malviya Nagar (near Gol Chakkar), New Delhi

Date: 9th August 2012   Time: 5pm – 6.30pm

Long-secluded Burma is opening up. Some flickers of change are now unfolding, but reforms remain fragile and limited. Enter the donor community and private investors. While there’s a sense of caution, these new economic players seek to be ahead of the game in a rush for golden investment opportunities in the country’s unexploited natural resources, service, banking and infrastructure sectors. Even the international financial institutions have formally re-engaged after 25 years of frozen relations. Meanwhile, social unrest and human rights violations continue. Armed conflict continues in resource-rich Kachin state. Military offensives persist in ethnic areas with established ceasefires.

What transitions is Burma actually going under? Who is driving the reform? What could further spur or constrain the movement towards Burma-style democracy? What’s the state of play among the democratic opposition, ethnic nationality groups and other non-state actors? What’s in store (or at stake) for Burma-India relations? What opportunities exist for renewing solidarity between Indian and Burmese human rights, environmental and economic justice activists?

To unpack these issues, join Debbie Stothard for an hour and a half conversation. Debbie is the Coordinator of ALTSEAN-Burma , a regional network engaged in advocacy, campaigns and capacity building to establish a free and democratic Burma.


Vijayan MJ & Joe Athialy
On behalf of Delhi Solidarity

General Secretary, Programme for Social Action (PSA)

Address: H-17/1 (Basement), Malviya Nagar,

New Delhi INDIA – 110017
Phones: + 91-11-26671556 / +91-9868165471 (Mobile)


Author: Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email:

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