Time for Change? Myanmar's peace process two years after the NLD landslide

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a resounding victory in Myanmar’s historic November 2015 election promising it was ‘time for change’. Despite being the focus of the NLD government, two years on over 100,000 Kachin people are displaced, half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and the peace process aimed at ending decades of ethno-national conflict is faltering. This panel discussion brings together scholars of conflict and ceasefires in Kachin, Karen, Kayah, Mon and Shan areas of Myanmar to examine the prospects for sustainable and inclusive peace in contemporary Myanmar. It will explore the aspirations of Myanmar’s diverse ethnic nationality communities and consider what has changed and what remains the same two years after the NLD landslide victory. How are ceasefire arrangements in Karen and Mon States progressing? What are the drivers and social impacts of ongoing conflict in Kachin and Shan States? And can the peace process be truly ‘all-inclusive’, not just of armed groups but also of women and diverse societal interests?