In their one-hour discussion, Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Maung Zarni, the Thai and Burmese exiles who co-founded FORSEA, draw lessons from the two countries’ vicious cycles of military coups – going back almost a century, in the case of the Kingdom of Thailand and six-decades in the case of post-colonial Myanmar.
Myanmar has just made headlines with its coup. Thailand and Myanmar are no strangers to coups. For almost a century, Thailand has been locked in a vicious cycle of military coups. Its counterpart in Myanmar, the Tatmadaw, has also been playing king and kingmaker alternately since the late 1950’s.
The Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Southeast Asia will shed light on how Myanmar’s Big Lie – democratic transition / “fragile democracy" – has gained currency worldwide over the last 10 years since Myanmar military rolled out its constitutional government lead by ex-general Thein Sein in 2010.
The FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Southeast Asia and Beyond: Inequality is an ever-advancing threat to the collective well-being of billions of people today. And yet we do live in a world with its unprecedented wealth which remains concentrated in a few hands. Ben Phillips, the author of and international campaigner, argues why winning the policy debate over how best to fight inequalities is no longer enough.
FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles across Southeast Asia: Punk and Peace in Myanmar: Music for a Better Society
A film screening of Punk Rock Buddha (running time 26 minutes), The Good Road collection. The screening will be followed by a 30-minutes conversation (in Burmese) with Kyaw Kyaw, the film’s protagonist and lead vocalist of the best-known punk band Rebel Riot.
FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles across Southeast Asia: Film Screening – “A River Changes Course”
Film screening of "A River Changes Course", winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, followed by dialogue with Executive Producer and renowned Khmer researcher of genocide, Mr Youk Chhang.
FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles across Southeast Asia: A Burma Film Screening and Reflection
Join a screening of Deafening Silence followed by a 20-minute dialogue between it's director, Holly Fisher, and the two activists from Burma, Naw May-Oo Mutraw and Maung Zarni.
Universities, Academic Censorship & Intellectual Un-Freedoms: How ASEAN States Make Their Peoples Unable to Think
This FORSEA Dialogue will explore the multiple ways in which ASEAN states execute the suppression of intellectual freedom, particularly within their state-run university systems, FORSEA’s in-depth dialogue series is bringing together a group of scholars who specialize in Southeast Asian affairs.