Join the Stimson Center for a discussion about what to watch for in Myanmar post-election.
The governing National League for Democracy won a stunning victory in Myanmar’s recent election. Supporters claim the NLD’s strong showing represents an endorsement of Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership. Critics point to flaws in the electoral process, including censorship of NLD opponents and disenfranchisement of Rohingyas and other ethnic minorities. How will the NLD’s mandate affect democratic development and progress in the peace process? How should the incoming Biden administration respond to Myanmar?
Scot Marciel, Former US Ambassador to Myanmar (2016-20); Visiting Practitioner Fellow on Southeast Asia, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Scot Marciel is currently a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Practitioner Fellow on Southeast Asia with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center for the 2020-2021 academic year. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar from March 2016 through May 2020, leading a mission of 500 employees during the difficult Rohingya crisis and a challenging time for both Myanmar’s democratic transition and the United States-Myanmar relationship.
Prior to serving in Myanmar, he had a distinguished career for 35 years in the U.S. State Department’s foreign service during which he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific at the State Department and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia from 2010-2013, and was the first U.S. Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia from 2007 to 2010.
William Wise, Non-Resident Fellow and Chair, Southeast Asia Forum, Stimson Center
William M. Wise is a Nonresident Fellow affiliated with the Southeast Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center. He is currently developing the new Southeast Asia Resource Center at Stimson, a project to promote and sustain the study of Southeast Asia at colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region.