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Asia Foundation President David Arnold Joins Experts to Discuss Burma’s Development

March 27, 2013

By David D. Arnold

David D. ArnoldDemocratic transition in Burma (also known as Myanmar) has, despite ongoing violent ethnic conflicts, been surprisingly 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. On April 2 at California State University in Sacramento, Asia Foundation President David Arnold joins the University’s distinguished experts, Pattaratorn Chirapravati and James Rae, to discuss challenges ahead. Arnold will also share insights from his recent visit to Burma where he met with government leaders, including President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Taking a long view of Burma’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. 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. Read more or register for the event.

Related locations: Myanmar
Related programs: Economic Opportunity, Strengthen Governance


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