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Standoff in Burma/Myanmar: What Can Be Done?

October 8, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Join NYSEAN for a lively discussion of what’s possible in the standoff in Myanmar now that the UN General Assembly did not choose between the junta that seized power in February or the representative of the democratically elected but ousted government. Our panel will explore what options are available to actors in Myanmar and to external actors, and delve into the dynamics and challenges facing the junta and the National Unity Government.


Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.

Nyantha Maw Lin is an independent analyst on Myanmar who has spent the past decade consulting on government, public policy, and political risk in the country, and previously led the Myanmar practice of an ASEAN-focused government affairs firm.

Wai Wai Nu is a former political prisoner and the founder and Executive Director of the Women Peace Network in Myanmar. She spent seven years as a political prisoner in Burma because of her father’s pro-democracy political activism. Since her release from prison in 2012, Nu has dedicated herself to working for democracy and human rights, particularly on behalf of marginalized women and members of her own ethnic group, the minority Rohingya population.

Moderator: Margaret Scott is an adjunct associate professor at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a journalist, currently focusing on the role of Islam in Indonesian politics. She have written for The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New York Times Magazine. She is also a NYSEAN co-founder.

This event is organized by the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) and cosponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University

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