Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Turbulent Myanmar: a perspective

Guest Speaker: Denis Win Thein
Director of Strategic Projects at Oriel Management Consulting Pte Ltd

Event Date: Tuesday 21st March 2023
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 4 Bell Gully Building, 40 Lady Elizabeth Lane, Wellington, 6011.

Bell Gully

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The February 2021 coup plunged Myanmar into a crisis characterised by some United Nations experts as a civil war. Armed resistance groups have appeared in many parts of the country, sometimes training, and fighting with ethnic armed organisations that have been fighting the military for decades. Pro-military militias have also emerged. The violence and the political situation in Myanmar is much more complex than what is being reported and discussed in the media and among academics and political circles. Descriptions of what is occuring in-country are often partisan and omit the interests of outside influences. External competing interests can have an impact on the hopes for any peaceful resolution. Escalating tensions involving Western countries, the United States, China, and Russia can make it very challenging for domestic rival groups within Myanmar to settle their differences and interests.

About the speaker:

Mr Denis Win TheinMr. Denis Win Thein is Director of Strategic Projects at Oriel Management Consulting Pte Ltd, and is currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Denis oversees project origination and developments in Information Technology, Education, Power Investment and Agribusiness in Myanmar and NZ. He served as the Chapter Chair for the ASEAN – NZ Business Council (based in Auckland New Zealand) for the Myanmar Chapter for ten years. In addition, he has worked with many companies and organisations in New Zealand and other countries on technology and other investments in Myanmar.

Denis was born in Burma and migrated to NZ in 1976. He has previously spoken to Asia Forum.

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