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Myanmar, the Rohingya, and Aung San Suu Kyi

Professor Kai Ostwald

The world celebrated the triumph of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy in Myanmar's watershed 2015 election. Yet what looked like an end to decades-long military rule brought in practice a complex power-sharing arrangement between the civilian government and the military. Against this backdrop, a grave humanitarian crisis has unfolded, as over 600,000 Rohingya have fled violence and persecution in Rakhine state. This talk examines the factors behind the crisis and assesses the prospects for its resolution.

Instructor: Kai Ostwald is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His work focuses broadly on development issues in Southeast Asia. He has worked extensively in Myanmar. A frequent lecturer at Osher, he received his PhD from UC San Diego. Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70121   Credit: 0 units


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