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HSF supports International Expert at the “Forum for Myanmar’s Democratic Transition”

Dr. Soeren Keil during his presentation "Where is Myanmar in its Transition?" on the Forum for Myanmar’s Democratic Transition in Nay Pyi Taw (11.08 - 13.08.2017) on Day 3.

Ministry of Information (MoI) Myanmar, in collaboration with various international and local organizations initiated a three-day forum (11.08 – 13.08.2017) on Myanmar’s democratic transition in Nay Pyi Taw. It is the very first forum of this kind and over 40 international and local speakers were invited to discuss in the forum.

In the opening speech, H.E Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addressed, "Democracy has to be known with all its aspects and overview is needed: economic, social politics - all the issues have to be reviewed."

The first day included four presentations by the international experts and two panel sections by the local and international experts. A key focus was on the civil-military relations and the transition and transformation process of the military. The questions and discussion were challenging and showed the high quality of the forum.

U Aung Soe Min, Program Manager HSF Myanmar and Dr. Soeren Keil in Nay Pyi Taw.

HSF supported an international expert to make a presentation on day 3 of the forum, Dr. Soeren Keil from Canterbury Christ Church University. He discussed the topic "Where is Myanmar in its Transition?"

In an interview with Voice of America (VOA), Dr. Soeren Keil mentioned that "Myanmar has made substantial progress in recent years, pointing to elections, an increasingly effective parliament, mostly civilian cabinet members, the peace process and media freedoms". But he said there are still unanswered questions.

Dr. Soeren Keil (2nd on the left – last row) on the Group Photo taken during the Forum on Myanmar’s Democratic Transition.

"We know where the peace process is supposed to go toward," he said. "But when we look at democratization, I think the whole agenda becomes much more problematic. Because there I can't see a clear goal of saying, this is where we are moving to complete civilian control." Myanmar is scheduled to again hold elections in 2020, and Keil wondered whether the same constitutional elements keeping the military in power would still be in place. "That's kind of a date where I think also the NLD itself has to think about what kind of legacy it wants to have for the first five years of power," he said. "And I think that discussion needs to happen."

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Dr. Soeren Keil's entire presentation was written and published by Mizzima Media and can be revived through the following link:…/mission-impossible-myanmar-and-pat…