In Myanmar, "transition has to be built on the voices of the people"

In Myanmar, "transition has to be built on the voices of the people"
Arnaud Dubus
23.02.17
Arnaud Dubus

From 2009 to 2015, Matthew Mullen, a lecturer at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies of Mahidol University, in Thailand, tracked the diverse and complex pathways through which political change came to Myanmar. Instead of focusing only on the well-known picture of a highly vocal opposition movement confronting an entrenched military regime, he paid attention to more discreet endeavors which were going on in the local...

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