The Crisis in Burma: In Search of a Unified Response with panelists Sean Turnell, Scot Marciel, and Thaung Htum.
Join us as the Asia Society and Open Society Institute convene a panel discussion to revisit the situation in Burma in light of the military government's recently announced "roadmap to democracy," including its intention to conduct a national referendum to approve a new constitution in May, followed by a multiparty general election in 2010.
How credible is this development given that the new constitution would effectively bar independent political leaders from participating in the process?
The panel will also assess recent efforts at the international and regional levels to advance national reconciliation in Burma. What role can and should international actors such as the United Nations and the United States play together with ASEAN and Burma's influential neighbors?- Asia Society
Thaung Htun is the Representative for UN Affairs and the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma.
Scot Marciel currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the East Asia and Pacific Bureau in the U.S. Department of State and is responsible for relations with Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
A former Senior Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Sean Turnell joined the Economics Department at Macquarie University in 1991.
His research interests include Burma and its economy, financial sector reform in developing countries, the history of global monetary institutions, Australian trade policy, and the history of Australian economic thought.
Thaung Htun discusses the constitution proposed by the State Peace and Development Council, the military regime in Burma, and explains why the constitution poses more of a problem than a solution for the country.