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Research Associate job

The position of Research Associate is currently open for applications. The Research Associate will work with me on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project: ‘Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Myanmar’. Applications close 28 April. For the full details on the position see the UNSW website here.

The power of women under Myanmar’s military coup

Why are people in Yangon and elsewhere hanging up women’s skirts? See cultural anthropologist Melford Spiro’s classic work [Kinship and Marriage in Burma: A Cultural and Psychodynamic Analysis ,1977]: “In Burma, the primary reason offered for male superiority is the belief that men possess that innate, inborn quality, known as hpoun…[it] is a psycho-spiritual quality,Continue reading “The power of women under Myanmar’s military coup”

Webinar: Constitutional Breakdowns, Coups, Crises and Disruptions: Experiences from the Commonwealth

This webinar will consider the paralysis in governance caused by a constitutional crisis. Is there a legitimating process? To what extent can the principles of separation of powers be invoked as a check and balance on abuse of power? An important feature in this discourse is the role of the Courts as the sentinel ofContinue reading “Webinar: Constitutional Breakdowns, Coups, Crises and Disruptions: Experiences from the Commonwealth”

After Myanmar’s coup: Can the military hold a new election?

*This article first appeared in the University of Melbourne’s Election Watch, 26 February 2021 Elections hold a controversial place in politics in Myanmar. In 2010, after decades of military rule, first under the guise of socialism and then through martial law, the military chose to reintroduce multi-party elections and to honour the results of theContinue reading “After Myanmar’s coup: Can the military hold a new election?”

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