Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
Asia Society members : HK$ 150
Non-members : HK$ 250
Registration at : 17:30
Event starts at : 18:00
Historic Myanmar elections in November 2015 paved the way for an NLD government led by Aung San Suu Kyi to take office in March 2016, and saw the country deepen its graduated transition away from authoritarian rule. Nevertheless, military forces that for decades dominated national politics remain privileged in a constitutional framework designed to deliver ‘discipline-flourishing democracy’. In August 2017, the military intensified its ethnic cleansing campaign of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, and more than 750,000 refugees fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. One critical question that now confronts the 50 million people of this Southeast Asian nation is whether their push for greater democracy is strong enough to prevail over the resistance of a powerful military machine and swelling undercurrents of intolerance. Academics Roman David and Ian Holliday, authors of Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar, explore the prospects for liberal democracy in Myanmar.