Unexpected and dramatic reforms in Myanmar since 2011 have begun a transition in this country from half a century of military rule to a hybrid system of government. The military continues to maintain significant power, but competitive elections, a lively parliament, a more vibrant media, and a growing civil society have allowed for debates on a range of issues concerning the nature of the state and the development agenda that were previously not possible. Changes of this magnitude are extraordinarily challenging to manage and can themselves generate new dynamics that may undermine both the nascent democratic reforms and efforts to find a lasting solution to decades of ethnic conflicts. The need to rebuild the country’s political, economic and social institutions to meet the needs of citizens is critical, but is challenged by the significant capacity gap affecting all sectors while fundamental questions remain about the role of the military in the political system.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Women’s Entrepreneurship in Korea: Tapping a Potent Source of National Prosperity
November 20, 2019
Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2019 Survey of the Afghan People
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Peripheral Vision: Views from the Borderlands – Fall 2019
November 18, 2019
The Asia Foundation and the Asian Development Bank Host Livable Cities Forum
November 15, 2019
Mobilizing Changemakers for our Sustainable Future
Meet Akshat Singhal and Sohara Mehroze, two of our 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.