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

Event: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

6:00-7:00 pm

Registration: 5:45 pm

California State University, Sacramento

Mariposa Hall, Room 1000

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819

Students and Members: Free

NonMembers: $5.00 Donation Recommended

Please register here, or call (415) 293-4601.

David D. Arnold: President, The Asia Foundation; Trustee, World Affairs Council of Northern California

Pattaratorn Chirapravati (Moderator): Director, Asian Studies Program, California State University, Sacramento

James Rae (Moderator): Associate Professor, Department of Government, Asian Studies Program, California State University, Sacramento

Burma’s (also known as Myanmar), 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 Burma as it confronts the profound challenge of moving away from fifty years of authoritarian rule to one of a growing democratization.

The Asia Foundation President, David D. Arnold, will 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. 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.

Related locations: Myanmar, Washington DC

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