Oxford-Myanmar Policy Brief Series, Volume 1.1 Released

The Oxford-Myanmar Policy Brief Series developed from an event held at Oxford in February 2016. The event focused on challenges facing the new NLD-led government and co-organized by Oxford Fellows Dr Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi and Dr Matthew J Walton. We are pleased to be able to share the first set of briefs from that event, which are published in English and Burmese, individually and as a collected volume:


Topics covered by the briefs include: Ethnic Parties and Politicians, Land, Rule of Law, Elections, Energy, Gender Policy, Education, Displacement and the Peace Process, Sustainable Development, the Peace Process and National Political Dialogue, and Religious Discrimination and Religious Conflict. In addition to electronic distribution, hard copies of the briefs will be distributed to Parliament and government ministries and officials in the coming weeks.

The second event in the series was held at Oxford last week, on 13 October, and focused on environmental policy in Myanmar. We were pleased to be able to host several researchers from Myanmar, officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, and delegates from Myanmar’s Parliament, in addition to other scholars, researchers, scientists, and diplomats. Keep an eye on Tea Circle for upcoming reports on the presentations and discussions from the workshop. The co-organizers aim to have the next volume of policy briefs released by the beginning of January 2017.

Author: matthewjwalton

Matthew J Walton is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony's College, University of Oxford and was a co-founder of Tea Circle. His research focuses on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, particularly Buddhism in Myanmar and Burmese Buddhist political thought. He also writes on ethnicity, conflict, and Burmese politics more generally.