S04E04: Myan­mar’s Strug­gle for Democratization

This episode focus­es on Myanmar’s slow jour­ney towards democ­ra­ti­za­tion, which appeared to have been halt­ed by the mil­i­tary coup in 2021. What is also dis­cussed is the lega­cy of British colo­nial rule in which cer­tain eth­nic groups were favored over oth­ers, and the progress of inter­na­tion­al actions against the Myan­mar mil­i­tary regime over the Rohingya geno­cide. Fur­ther­more, the impact of the war in Ukraine is exam­ined as some­thing that may force the mil­i­tary back on the road towards democratization.

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Marzu­ki Darus­man,  an inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized human rights lawyer and for­mer Attor­ney Gen­er­al of Indone­sia.  Marzu­ki has par­tic­i­pat­ed in the work of UN com­mit­tees on the assas­si­na­tion of Benazir Bhut­to in Pak­istan, war crimes in Sri Lan­ka, human rights in North Korea, and most recent­ly, he was the chair an inde­pen­dent Fact-Find­ing Mis­sion on Myan­mar under the UN Human Rights Coun­cil fol­low­ing the Rohingya geno­cide in 2017.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.