Myanmar: Revolution or chaos?
About the Event
Join us for an insight into this critical situation that has long term implications for business and political relations in South East Asia.
As the death toll in the anti-coup protests in Myanmar increases it remains unclear if the country is headed for popular revolution or chaos. Not only are casualties from military violence against the protesters growing with over 700 deaths reported, but there is conflict in border areas of the country where separatist groups have operated for decades. The Kachin Independence Army is in direct conflict with the Myanmar military in the northern and eastern frontier regions. The Karen National Union is reported to have overrun a Myanmar military base on the border with Thailand.
The military coup and the resultant conflict has long term implications for South East Asia. Our panel will discuss what is happening now in Myanmar, and what is the outlook for the future. Our panellists have deep insight into Myanmar.
About the Panellists
Dr Azeem Ibrahim is the Director of Special Initiatives at the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy in Washington DC, Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute US Army War College and a columnist at Foreign Policy Magazine. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge after which he completed fellowships at the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Yale. Dr Ibrahim is the author of two seminal books: “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide”, (Hurst 2016) and “Radical Origins: Why We Are Losing the War Against Islamic Extremism” (Pegasus 2017). He has met and advised a number of world leaders and governments on a diverse range of issues ranging from financial investment, geopolitics, to countering extremism. He served as a reservist in the United Kingdom’s 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment. He is a regular contributor to the Asia Scotland Institute.
Bill Hayton was appointed an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House in 2015 and worked as a journalist with BBC News from 1998 until the beginning of this year. He spent a year seconded to the state broadcaster in Myanmar in 2013/14 working on media development. He was the BBC’s reporter in Vietnam in 2006/7 and wrote “Vietnam: rising dragon” (Yale University Press 2010) on his return. That book was followed by “The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia” (Yale University Press 2014), and then “The Invention of China” (Yale University Press 2020). He was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2019 for his work on the history of the South China Sea disputes and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.