Myanmar gained independence from Britain in 1948 as a parliamentary democracy. A 1962 coup led by General Ne Win, chief of the country's military, installed a military junta and gave the army sweeping constitutional, political, and economic power.

The military officially handed power over to a one-party civilian government in 1974 but retained significant political power and autonomy. Following direct military rule from 1988-2010 elections brought the National League for Democracy to power in the elections in 2016 but in 2021 the military again executed a coup and established the State Administration Council (SAC) as Myanmar's government. An alternative government was established built from the members of the former parliament and much of the country in active revolt against the takeover and the extreme violence of the military.

What is the impact of the Myanmar conflict within the broader scope of the Indo-Pacific strategic rivalry? What are the roles of super and middle powers and alliances (such as QUAD, AUKUS, ASEAN, China and Russia) competing in the Indo-Pacific region? What solutions can there be?

AIIA Victoria invites you to join Dr Miemie Winn Byrd on a brief visit to Australia to discuss her insights into this ongoing and intractable crisis.

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