Panel discussion on the political situation in Myanmar

24. Jun. 2021

For June 23, 2021, the Department of Christian Social Work of Friedensau Adventist University invited to a panel discussion with the topic: "What is the state of affairs and where do we go from here? A critical exploration of Myanmar's present and possible scenarios for its future."

News about Myanmar seems to take a secondary place in media coverage. Although Myanmar's military leadership and its allies are facing another set of coordinated punitive measures from Western powers, the question remains whether these measures will produce the desired results for Myanmar's suffering people. In the meantime, the national unity government, anti-coup forces, and prominent figures have stepped up their opposition to military rule. While this is still happening in Myanmar, events should be put into perspective for the future.

The panelists were Nyein Chan May (born in Myanmar and currently studying Political Science and Sociology in Germany), Daw Thandar (Member of Parliament in Myanmar from 2015 to 2020), Dr. Jella Fink (Cultural Anthropologist specializing in Myanmar), Aung Kyaw Moe (Founder and Director of the Centre for Social Integrity, which advocates for the Rohingya ethnic group among others). The moderator was Prof. Ulrike Schultz, head of the International Social Sciences program at Friedensau Adventist University.

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Lecturer for International Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schultz
(Photograph: FAU, Szilvia Szabó)