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Myanmar in Transition: Lessons on Reform and Democracy from Across the Region

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013 6:00PM - 7:00PM

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Myanmar's democratic transition has so far been peaceful, rapid and encouraging. The world is watching in anticipation to see whether these developments will result in greater political participation and economic opportunity for the nation's people. However, difficulties abound for Myanmar as it confronts the profound challenge of moving away from fifty years of authoritarian rule to one of growing democratization.

The Asia Foundation President, David D. Arnold, will share insights from his recent visit to Myanmar where he met with government leaders, including President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Taking a long view of Myanmar's path forward, he will look at three critical areas and challenges ahead for the country, including: strengthening governance institutions, growing a culture of democracy and managing subnational conflict. Mr. Arnold will also present examples from the international development nonprofit's long history of working with Asian leaders to strengthen reform, democracy and development efforts across the diverse Asian region, including democratic transitions in Indonesia, Mongolia and Vietnam.

This event is co-hosted by California State University, Sacramento's Asian Studies Program.

Moderator(s)

Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Director, Asian Studies Program, California State University, Sacramento

James Rae, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Asian Studies Program, California State University, Sacramento

SPEAKERS:

David Arnold

President, The Asia Foundation

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