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Myanmar’s coup, six months on, five views: What next?
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When Myanmar’s military leaders seized power on Feb. 1 2021, they launched a process that effectively wiped out the country’s gains of the last decade. Six months on, Myanmar is reeling from economic turmoil, a relentless crackdown on dissent and a virulent new wave of Covid-19. The World Bank recently forecast an 18% annual economic contraction this year, as a resurgent pandemic saw the official tally of cases reach nearly 270,000 and deaths exceed 7,000 as of July 26, with an average 6,000 new cases a day — numbers that health experts warn are significantly understated due to limited testing and information flows.
Amid continuing protests and boycotts of state institutions, independent observers said security forces have killed more than 930 civilians and arrested nearly 7,000, including more than 90 journalists, while an estimated 211,000 people have been displaced by military campaigns against ethnic armed groups and nascent people’s defence forces.
While many businesses struggle on, most independent media have been forcibly closed and the financial system remains semi-paralysed. In support of the parallel National Unity Government, led by the ousted National League for Democracy, a robust civil disobedience movement has seen tens of thousands of civil servants dismissed or leave their jobs. ‘
What is the outlook for Myanmar six months on after the coup? Will the junta be able to stabilize the economy, address the COVID-19 pandemic and consolidate control? What is the future of the NUG and popular resistance to the coup? Is there hope for so-far fruitless international efforts to curb the violence, halt Myanmar’s slide into chaos and provide urgent aid to fight Covid-19?
Join our event to hear five experts discuss their views on the situation inside Myanmar and prospects for the coming months.
Our speakers include:
Min Zin, Executive director of the Institute for Strategy and Policy (Myanmar) and a former student activist in Burma’s 1988 democracy movement.
Show Ei Ei Tun – Policy adviser to international organizations, specializing in Myanmar political economy
Jared Bissinger, independent development economist and consultant focused on private sector development in Myanmar
Priscilla Clapp, senior adviser to United States Institute for Peace, Myanmar program, former US chief of mission in Myanmar, 1999-2002.
Hla Hpone “Jack” Myint, senior country manager, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, US-ASEAN Business Council
Moderator: Gwen Robinson, past president FCCT