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
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