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Myanmar Musings

Myanmar Musings is the world's leading podcast with researchers and thinkers on issues relating to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this show are those of the interviewees/guests and do not necessarily accord with those of the host or the Myanmar Research Centre.

Sep 17, 2020

In the lead up to the elections this November, we cannot hope to understand the beliefs and actions of civilian political elites in Myanmar without grasping the underlying meanings that they attach to the word democracy - according to our guest Dr Tamas Wells, Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Tamas wrote his PhD thesis on the diverging narratives of democracy within Myanmar, and those held by international actors, in the lead up to the 2015 national elections. He talks with us about the discourses of development and democracy among Burmese and international actors.