Achieving Lasting Political Reform in MyanmarStrategies for Middle Powers: Lessons from the G20




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    Achieving Lasting Political Reform in Myanmar

    Date Tue, 30 May 2017
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000

    Myanmar’s first freely elected government in more than 50 years assumed power in 2016, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. But the political transition process in Myanmar had started under President Thein Sein in 2011, and international and domestic expectations were high after the NLD’s decisive election victory in 2015. However, “consolidation” of state institutions into more democratic forms is a long-term task, beyond a single election cycle, and there is still much “unfinished business” in Myanmar. In reality, Myanmar is still under a “power sharing” arrangement which is supported by the current military leadership, which faces internal insurgencies as a difficult “peace process” unfolds. Any political changes in Myanmar must have the widest domestic political support to succeed and survive; they cannot be undertaken just on the demand of the international community.

     Trevor Wilson retired in August 2003 after more than thirty-six years as a member of the Australian foreign service, and after serving as Australian ambassador to Myanmar (2000-03). Since October 2003 he has been a visiting fellow on Myanmar/Burma at the Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College...

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    Strategies for Middle Powers: Lessons from the G20

    Date Tue, 06 Jun 2017
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000

    There is a general consensus that the existing international architecture across a range of policy domains is out-dated. World leaders themselves have acknowledged that international organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and International Energy Agency, need to be reformed to reflect the rising power of the BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India and China. In a multipolar environment, power is more diffuse and the attributes traditionally associated with middle powers like Australia – such as convening, agenda setting, and coalition building – could, if mobilised, provide significant power to shape the international system. Australia’s presidency of the G20 in 2014 provides an excellent opportunity to re-consider the role of middle powers in a multipolar world and the strategies they employ.


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