Bridget Welsh is a Visiting Professor at John Cabot University, a Senior Research Associate at NTU, a Senior Associate Fellow THC and a University Fellow of CDU. She analyzes Southeast Asian politics, especially Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia. She is committed to engagement, fostering mutual understanding and empowerment.
Posts tagged "Myanmar"

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

Taken from New Mandala. 2015 was the year authoritarian governments struck back against democratic pressures. The story of 2015 in Southeast Asia was Myanmar’s November election. In giving the National League for Democracy and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi a landslide, Myanmar citizens signaled their strong support for democratic change and better governance. These...

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Taking new paths

Managing Myanmar’s transition challenges requires humility and an eye for history. The NLD’s decisive victory in Myanmar’s election is being labeled a victory for democracy. On many levels this is correct. Myanmar citizens emphatically embraced the freedom to vote in a free election after decades of exclusion. The sense of joy and empowerment the experience...

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November 8: Choices and chances

Taken from Myanmar Times Across Myanmar there is a sense of excitement for Sunday’s polls. Old and young, Bamar or ethnic minority, Union Solidarity and Development Party or National League for Democracy or other supporter, this election has already fostered a sense of inclusion and national pride that extends the sense of optimism that has...

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Building trust, assuring electoral integrity

Taken from Myanmar Times All eyes are on Myanmar ahead of November 8. But this election is not just about the choices the voters will make – it is a test of the government’s commitment to a “free and transparent” process. A polling station official seals a box used to accept advance votes at a...

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A different lens: Myanmar from below

Taken from Myanmar Times Despite the excitement of upcoming elections – with understandable attention on voting preferences – and necessary attention to ethnic conflict, the main priority of ordinary Myanmar is the economy. Nearly half of respondents identified bread-and-butter issues, such as jobs, salaries, inflation and cost of living, as the most important problems facing...

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Project Malot Marches On

Over the last year, there has been considerable transition on my end (with my departure from Singapore), but there has been continuity with the support for education efforts in the Malot village tract in Myanmar near Bogalay. After a tremendously successful fund-raiser in Singapore in January of 2014, thanks to the kindness of my former...

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Project Malot Annual Fundraiser 2013

This year we will meet again in October in Singapore to raise funds for scholarships and tuition support for Burmese students in the village track of Malot in the Irrawaddy Delta. A share of the funds raised will be contributed to improvements of the sanitation facilities of the school The event will be held in...

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How in the World Did Myanmar Go From Dictatorship to Near Democracy Overnight?

Posted on Forbes.com Sometimes it’s the little things—small acts of courage or kindness—that change the world in a big way, writes Darlene Damm (@darlenedamm).   When I was studying at Stanford University in the late 1990s, there was a student debate on campus—should one choose a career saving the world, or “sell out” and better their own individual...

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Taking Stock: Project Malot November 2012

Taking Stock: Project Malot November 2012

In gorgeous sunny weather, across the bumpy roads and the Irrawaddy River, I visited the Malot village track this November. The purpose of the trip was to deliver the funds to build a new ceiling for the school, support minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint and provide additional support for the tuition fees...

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