On 1 October 2014 the United Nations University will host “Accelerated Nation: Myanmar in an Age of Reform”, a conversation with Dr. Thant Myint-U, Special Advisor to the Myanmar Peace Center and C
hairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust. This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Although the outlines of Myanmar’s recent transition — from military dictatorship to quasi-civilian rule — are well known, the dynamics which led to and which have underpinned these changes are less acknowledged. Even less understood are the sweeping social and economic transformations that have taken place alongside political reform.
Dr. Thant Myint-U will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring modern Myanmar in the context of its recent sociopolitical history and current reforms. As a Myanmar expert with key advisory roles in that country and the South-East Asian region, Dr. Thant Myint-U will provide an insightful perspective on Myanmar’s historic moments and the complex connections between ongoing peace negotiations, debates on the country’s economic future, and the prospects for democracy.
Thanks to his books and advocacy, Dr. Thant Myint-U is, with Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s best recognized and most eagerly sought after voice internationally.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 30 September) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button or the link below to access the online registration page.
2F Reception Hall
United Nations University
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925