Elections and Peace: Democratic Transitions in Ethnically Diverse Societies

Conference in Yangon on Myanmar’s peace process

Please note: This page refers to an event that has already taken place.

Time: Fri 13 (09:00) - Sat 14 (15:00) September 2013
Place: Myanmar Peace Centre, Yangon

​​The conference aims to pinpoint risks and opportunities for Myanmar’s peace process in relation to the upcoming national and regional elections in 2015 and to engage stakeholders in Myanmar’s peace process (politicians and civil society) in reflecting upon these risks and opportunities.

Hosts: PRIO and Myanmar Peace Centre
Venue: Myanmar Peace Centre, No.11, Shwe Li Street, U Wi Sa Ra Road, Kamaryut Township, Yangon

13 September 09.00-18.30: Paper presentations in English language
  • “Lessons from Myanmar’s 2010 Elections and Implications for Kachin and Rakhine State” by Richard Horsey (Independent analyst) 
  • “Census-taking in Ethnically Diverse Societies” 
  • “Designing Electoral Systems - Majoritarian or Proportional?” By Bernt Aardal (Institute of Social Research, Oslo)
  • “How to Win Elections in Indonesia? Insights from the Campaigns for Governor of Jakarta 2012” by Vera Altmeyer (Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Copenhagen)
  • “What Makes a Political Party Accountable?” by Julio Teehankee (De La Salle University, Manila)
  • “Votes and Violence” by Steven Wilkinson (Yale University)
  • “From Integration to Supremacy? Post-conflict Elections in Aceh, Indonesia, and Their Impact on the Peace Process" by Gunnar Stange (Goethe-University, Frankfurt)
  • “Reflections on today’s proceedings” by Tin Maung Maung Than (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore) 
14 September 09.00-15.00 Conference proceedings in Myanmar language
  • Summary from day one by Tin Maung Maung Than (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore)
  • Group discussions
  • Plenary session with summaries of group discussions 
  • Discussions in plenary