Q&A: Myanmar’s New Parliament with Suu Kyi Party Majority

Q&A: Myanmar’s New Parliament with Suu Kyi Party Majority

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Myanmar’s transition to representative democracy reaches another milestone on Feb. 1: A new parliament begins work with a majority of its members for the first time belonging to the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Priscilla Clapp, a former American diplomat in Myanmar and U.S. Institute of Peace specialist on the country, discusses the next steps and the likely effect of the change on Myanmar’s political, economic and societal...

Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance

Q&A: Myanmar Voters Cast Ballots for Democracy

Q&A: Myanmar Voters Cast Ballots for Democracy

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

By: Fred Strasser

Myanmar’s transition to representative democracy took a critical step on Nov. 8 as the nation held the first general election since almost 50 years of military rule ended in 2011. While ballots are still being counted, the National League for Democracy, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, appears headed to winning control of parliament. Priscilla Clapp, a former American diplomat in Myanmar and U.S. Institute of Peace specialist on the country, discusses the implications of th...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Religion; Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance

Myanmar

Myanmar

Monday, April 27, 2015

By: Priscilla A. Clapp

Many countries have attempted to transition from authoritarian governments to democracies, with many false starts. The political transition that began in Myanmar with the elections of 2010 was heavily planned by military leaders to gradually move toward democratization while retaining many of the authoritarian structures of the previous government during the transition. As Myanmar’s success has attracted great interest and support from the international community, this study analyzes the elem...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Religion; Reconciliation; Democracy & Governance

Q&A: Myanmar/Burma’s 2015 Elections

Q&A: Myanmar/Burma’s 2015 Elections

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cascades of violent conflict in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Ukraine and elsewhere convulsed 2014, raising anxiety about how the world will fare this year. In this series, experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace explore some of the biggest tests coming up for 2015 in the struggle to prevent or resolve violent conflict. Topics will include Myanmar/Burma’s planned parliamentary elections, Iran’s nuclear program, Nigeria’s impending national elections, Afghanistan’s new government, Pakistan’s stru...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance