The Significance of the 2015 Myanmar/Burma Elections for Europe and Beyond
A talk by Dr. Mary Murphy, UCC
Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie
Date: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Myanmar (also called Burma) has endured decades of brutal military rule and has been marred by ethnic conflict in its regions and on its borders. The military regime which has dominated the governance of Myanmar since the latter half of the 20th century also effectively isolated Myanmar from the global community.
Today, the military continues to exercise some control, but since 2008, a series of political developments and economic progress have allowed Myanmar to look to the future with a greater degree of confidence.
The 2015 elections – scheduled for 8 November – are expected to be largely free and fair and there is a cautious sense that the outcome of those elections may have the capacity to bolster, rather than undermine, political and economic progress to date.
This talk will explore Myanmar’s recent political history, and will examine the results of the 2015 general election and what they may mean for the future of Myanmar.
Admission free, all welcome!
About Dr Mary Murphy
Dr Mary C. Murphy is a lecturer in politics and a Jean Monnet Professor in the Department of Government, University College Cork. Mary specialises in the study of the European Union and Northern Ireland politics. Her monograph Northern Ireland and the European Union: The Dynamics of a Changing Relationship was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. Mary’s secondary research interest is in parliaments and parliamentarians. In 2013, her report on first-time TDs At Home in the New House? A Study of Ireland’s First-Time TDs was published by the Hansard Society (London). She has recently visited Myanmar/Burma to conduct research on MPs there as part of a joint UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) project. Mary has won a number of awards for her work, including the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Annual Teaching and Learning Prize, and a UCC Teaching Fellowship. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Cork Academic Conference Ambassador Award and she is currently the President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES). She is also a member of the Board of Alliance Française de Cork. In late 2014, Mary was appointed to the Seanad Reform Working Group by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.