AMI June 2018 seminar


The Long Road to Peace in Kachin State

Date      Monday 25th June 2018

Time      5:30 pm for 6pm start (refreshments 7-7:30pm)

Venue    Alan Gilbert Theatre 2, Grattan Street, Parkville, The University of Melbourne. Please click here for map.

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No charge, but GOLD COIN DONATIONS requested to cover costs.

Hkawn Htoi is currently an independent researcher focusing on China investment in Myanmar and China’s role in the Myanmar peace process. She has worked as a senior researcher on China-Myanmar relations at the Project 2049 Institute, a US-based research organization. Previously, she has worked as a programme manager for the Peace Process Support Programme at Nyein (Shalom) Foundation, a local peace based non-governmental organization based in Myanmar. She is interested in working with ethnic youth in Myanmar and, in 2017, was part of a research team that produced a report on ‘Youth and Everyday Peace: Fostering the Untapped Potential of Myanmar’s Youth’.

S Gun Mai is an Australia Scholarship Awardee (2018-2019) who is currently studying a Masters of Public Policy and Management at Melbourne University. From 2011 to 2017, he was working as a Kachin-based project manager for Promoting Durable Peace and Development Project and Humanitarian Assistance Project at Nyein (Shalom) Foundation. As a humanitarian project manager, he was working closely with with Kachin Internally Displaced People’s (IDPs) in areas of Kachin State that were controlled by government or non-government organisations. He is also actively involved in the Joint Strategy Team, a local coordination body for humanitarian organizations.

Dr. Laurens Visser is a conflict analyst based in Melbourne, Australia. From 2015 to 2018, he was implementing and coordinating research and analysis programmes across Myanmar through the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, a conflict transformation NGO based in Cambodia. In 2016, he published a conflict analysis of Kachin State titled “Building Relationships Across Divides: A Peace and Conflict Analysis of Kachin State” that was informed through the perspectives and aspirations of different Kachin community leaders. In addition to the conflict analysis, he coordinated a research project with national partners in six different ethnic states that brought together the opinions, perspectives, and aspirations of community members who were affected by violent conflict. He has a PhD in International Relations from RMIT University, where he has also taught and lectured in the International Studies program. 

A question and answer session will be conducted after the talk.

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