The role of the international community
When the cyclon Nargis hit Southwestern Burma on 2nd May, the Western world seemed surprised by the reluctant response by the military. At the same time, the military junta claims to have finalized four out of seven steps in the Roadmap to Democracy. The next step will be an election in 2010 for the legislative body Pyithu Hluttaw. What are the consequences of the new constitution and what kind of support might the international community offer to help facilitate transition to a democratic government? How might we best help the Burmese find spaces for broadening dialogue and constructive engagement?
Harald Bøckman, chairperson of the Norwegian Burma Committee
The situation in Burma
Introduction by State secretary Raymond Johansen
Dialogue and reconciliation – it is possible?
Introduction by UN Representative, National Coalition Goverment of the Union of Burma, dr Thaung Htun
A saffron revolution in Burma? Buddhist backgrounds to a Burmese predicament
Introduction by editor of Anthropology Today, Royal Anthropological Institute, London, Gustaaf Houtman
After the opening remarks and three 20-minutes introductions, there will be time for a thorough discussion on the Norwegian (governmental and civil society) strategy forward.
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