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Tea Circle Event: The Future of Federalism and Political Decentralization in Myanmar
November 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Upcoming event: The Future of Federalism and Political Decentralization in Myanmar (November 12, 9-11am EST/ 8:30-10:30pm MMT)
The military coup in Myanmar prompted a quick shift by major ethnic Burman political actors—including the National Unity Government (NUG)—to adopt the language of a “federal democracy” and commit to meaningful federal reform. While political uncertainty and repressive military rule persist, conversations continue about what political changes are necessary to enact meaningful decentralization, but also what complementary processes are needed within Myanmar society to counteract decades of entrenched discrimination and inequality. This discussion features panelists David Thang Moe (Asbury Theological Seminary), Naw May Oo Mutraw (Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego), and Dr. Sai Thet Naing Oo (Pyidaungsu Institute), and will be moderated by Htet Min Lwin (York University).
This event is supported by a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.
Register for the webinar: https://munkschool-utoronto-ca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c4pgL5biSFa-TFse8i1iMA
Htet Min Lwin is a doctoral student in Religious Studies at York University, Toronto. He received an MA degree in political science from Central European University, Budapest. As founding country director (2016-2020) of Forum of Federations Myanmar Office, he worked with many major stakeholders in Myanmar on federalism/decentralization and local governance. His interests are in the intersections of religion and politics, religious ideology, Buddhism, social movements, local democracy, decentralization/federalism, culture, Burmese political philosophy, and Southeast Asia.
David Thang Moe is a Ph.D. candidate in historical-theological studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, USA (originally from Mindat, Chin State of Myanmar currently under martial law). His research focuses on the politics of Buddhist nationalism, ethnic identity conflict, public theology of religions, liberation, and reconciliation in Southeast Asia. He is the author of a book, Pyithu-Dukkha Theology (2017), and has published over 70 scholarly articles in encyclopedia, edited books, and academic journals. He also has contributed analyses of Burmese politics of ethnoreligious conflict for academic and popular audiences in Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Notre Dame’s Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and others. He serves on the editorial teams of four academic journals. Moreover, he is a popular advocacy speaker. Following the coup, he has been invited to speak at Harvard, Columbia, Brown, Boston, Yale (where he shared a panel with former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel), University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Sydney, Australian National University, Oxford, Cambridge, Hamburg, Yonsei (where he shared a panel with the legendary Southeast Asianist political scientist James Scott of Yale on the comparison between South Korea’s Gwangju historical democratic movement and Myanmar’s current democratic movement).