Election 2010: Prospects for Political Reform in Myanmar/Burma

Speaker : Robert Taylor
Visiting Professor, City University of Hong Kong


Date: 30 March 2010 (Tuesday)

Time: 15:30 – 17:00

Venue: SO 322, Dorothy Wong Building, Lingnan University


Myanmar (Burma), one of the most isolated and least understood nations in the world, will see its first election in twenty years this year (2010). The ruling junta has yet to announce the election date, but they have released a series of controversial and tough laws which would effectively prevent charismatic opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political dissidents from participating in the election. Professor Robert Taylor, recently returned from a trip to Yangon, Myanmar, will share his insights and views on the future prospects for political reform (or lack of) in Myanmar, and how the political landscape may look after the 2010 elections.

Speaker's Biography:

Prof. Taylor is Visiting Professor at the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong. A specialist of Myanmar/Burma, he has previously studied at Yangon University, and has been a frequent visitor to the country since 1975. He was formerly Lecturer in Government at the University of Sydney, Professor of Politics at the University of London, Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. Before coming to Hong Kong, he was also Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

Taylor has published widely on South-east Asia affairs, with a predominant interest on Myanmar.


Co-hosted by:

Department of Political Science


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