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WEB SEMINAR: THE DISCUSSION OF THE PROSPECT FOR DEMOCRACY IN MYANMAR

On March 26th, 2021 ASEAN Studies Center LPPM UNS organized a web seminar (webinar) titled “The Discussion of the Prospect for Democracy in Myanmar.” This webinar was held through a zoom video meeting to discuss the current situation of Myanmar and its prospect for democracy. ASEAN Studies Center LPPM UNS invited Drs. Ign. Agung Satyawan, S.E., S.Ikom., M.Si., Ph.D., the peer group of ASEAN Studies Center LPPM UNS, and Septyanto Galan Prakoso, S.I.P., M.Sc., lecturer of International Relations Study Program FISIP UNS, as the speaker for the webinar who has a great understanding and focus of study on the Southeast Asia. While for the moderator of the webinar, the center invited an outstanding student from Class 2017 of International Relations Study Program FISIP UNS, Mutiara Firsty Linggar Nagisa.

The webinar started at 1.15 PM with a greeting from the moderator to the participants and speakers. At 1.25 PM the main event of the webinar began with the presentation from Drs. Ign. Agung Satyawan, S.E., S.Ikom., M.Si., Ph.D. titled “Quo Vadis Democracy in Myanmar?.” He explained that the restoration of Myanmar to democracy could be done through four ways mentioned in the presentation and the restoration should be done carefully with step by step planning to reach a better stability. While the second speaker of the webinar, Septyanto Galan Prakoso, S.I.P., M.Sc., brought forward the topic of “Myanmar: Complex Democracy (?)” as his presentation. He elaborated four requirements to fulfil in order for Myanmar to have a good democracy.

On this occasion, the speakers mentioned that there is a possibility for a better future for democracy in Myanmar if ASEAN and Indonesia try to embrace and encourage Myanmar to return to democracy. The speakers also underlined the importance of internal willingness from Myanmar itself to show its commitment to democracy, such as hold a democratic election, realize the equality in its political life and provide equal opportunities for its citizens to participate in the parliament.

The webinar concluded at 3.30 PM with online/virtual group pictures whereas all of the participants and speakers requested the committee to turn on their camera/video for documentation.