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CIC Victoria: From Burma to Myanmar: The Slippery Road to Democracy
March 21, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm PDT
Myanmar’s transition from 55 years of dictatorship to hope, freedom and democracy, recently came into the international “humanitarian” spotlight when the Rohingya crisis abruptly reminded us that the country remains deeply fragile and conflicted. Since its independence, Myanmar has experienced violent and chronic ethnic strife and a long civil war which it chose to deal with by enclosing itself inside an autarchic cocoon of oppression and fear. Is Myanmar’s slip on the road to effective self-governance an isolated event or deeply symptomatic of a country struggling with the challenges of nation-building in a globalized world into which it has been catapulted? During her talk, Fainula will share her analysis of Myanmar’s current challenges in the context of its history, its geopolitical position and the long path of reconstruction, peace and development after a protracted period of civil conflict.
Fainula Rodriguez and her husband began their career with the UN in 1991, in Kenya and have completed postings in China, Thailand, New York, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Tanzania. As a senior international expert, known for her context-sensitive technical expertise, Fainula has worked with 25 governments in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, South and South-East Asia where she has become a trusted advisor, known for her quiet diplomacy and skills of persuasion. Fainula is currently a Senior Advisor to the UNDP and since December 2016 has been supporting the Burmese leadership in making its one million strong civil service more professional, ethical, meritocratic, inclusive and an equal opportunity employer.
CIC Member Price $30.00
CIC Student Member Price $15.00
CIC Young Professional Member Price $20.00
Non-Member Price $40.00
Non-Member Student Price $20.00
Max. registrants/capacity of room: 150
Registration will commence two weeks prior to the event.
Paula Skippon | CIC.Victoria.Sec@gmail.com | (250) 995-8755