June 24, 2021
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
(Note evening time!)
People-Centered Development in Myanmar: Aspirations and Realities
a talk by Christina Fink
This talk will provide important background information for understanding recent events in Myanmar as it explores the people-centered development promises made by Myanmar’s two elected governments in the 2010s and what actually transpired and why. Both governments sought to bring about political reform, rising standards of living, and greater opportunities and freedoms. Yet, they were constrained by their limited mandate, their top-down governance, and their reluctance to loosen up too much. Thus, Myanmar’s development journey in the 2010s was full of surprises, including notable successes and equally notable failures.
Christina Fink is a professor of international affairs at George Washington University in Washington DC. She is a cultural anthropologist who has combined teaching, research, and development work throughout her career. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social/Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.
From 2001-2010, she was a lecturer at the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand. During the same period, she also served as a consultant for international development organizations focused on reforms in Myanmar. She is the author of Living Silence in Burma: Surviving Under Military Rule as well as more recent journal articles and book chapters on political reform, state-society relations, and land rights in Myanmar.
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