Early this year, the Burmese military detained state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in the country’s first coup since 1988, ending a decade of reform and returning to civilian rule. After the National League for Democracy led by Suu Kyi won a landslide victory in the general elections in November 2020, the military declared the election marred by fraud. The military council has since killed hundreds of protesters and arrested thousands of activists and politicians, but rapid mass protests and mass civil disobedience activities continue unabated. Meanwhile, a humanitarian crisis looms as the country becomes more hungry and violent. As this quagmire deepens, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has called for dialogue and a cessation of violence, while the United States and its partners combine diplomatic isolation with targeted economic sanctions in an effort to force a return to democracy. The United Nations has called for an arms embargo on the country. So far nothing has been accomplished. What should the international community do next?
On July 22, the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution will host a panel of experts to discuss these questions and developments — including the current situation inside Myanmar, the unfolding humanitarian crisis, and how international actors should respond — moderated by Brookings Institution President Lee Kuan Yew Jonathan Stromsmith.
Viewers can email questions to [email protected] or via Twitter at Twitter #Myanmar.