The outcome of Burma’s November 8, 2015 elections will have implications for the future of democratic reforms. The U.S. government has failed to establish clear standards for electoral success in Burma. In fact, rather than asking Burma to meet free and fair election standards, the U.S. government has lowered the bar – asking only for transparent, credible, and inclusive elections.
Preparation for the elections have been rocky, and early signs suggest that Burma’s 2015 elections will be far from free and fair, and likely won’t meet the criterion of transparent and credible either. Our panel will address election outcomes, consider the way forward post-election, and evaluate the implications a failed election may have for U.S.-Burma relations.
More About the Speakers
Senior Fellow, The Project 2049 Institute
President, U.S. Campaign for Burma
Research Associate, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Director, Asian Studies Center