The 2023 Myanmar Update aims to understand, celebrate, and explicate the Myanmar people’s resistance to the 1 February 2021 coup. The military’s violent crackdown on what was initially a peaceful popular uprising provoked a near-countrywide revolutionary movement, which has brought together an array of different political, ethnic, and religious groups fighting for the shared goal of ending military rule. While differences exist in objectives and strategies, the establishment of organisations like the National Unity Government (NUG) and the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC), as well as the numerous other formal and informal alliances, has arguably created an unprecedented sense of unity among Myanmar’s diverse peoples and raised widespread hope that this time the struggle may succeed.    

The conference seeks to explore the complexities of the revolutionary struggle; the effects of the coup on the state and economy; and, the myriad ways in which the people in Myanmar are coping with deepening violence and poverty.

How has the coup and the popular response to it reshaped Myanmar politics? How are new armed groups forming, and how are they sustained? What has happened to the civil disobedience movement? What are the social, economic, and psychological implications of continued violence? How is the diaspora contributing to the revolution? How can foreign governments and the international aid community best support resistance to dictatorship?

We aim to address these kinds of questions, among others, in this conference.

The conference will take place at The Australian National University on Friday 21 July – Saturday 22 July 2023.

The two-day conference will feature scholars and experts from Australia, Canada, UK, and around the regions.

Keynote Speaker:

•             Minister of the National Unity Government of Myanmar

Speakers include:

•             Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung, University of Massachusetts Lowell

•             Ye Myo Hein, Wilson Center

•             Samuel Hmung, and Michael Dunford, ANU

•             Ellen, McMaster University, Canada

•             Lukas Nagel, Griffiths University

•             Gerard McCarthy, Erasmus University

•             Kyle Nyana, Erasmus University

•             Tay Zar Myo Win, University of Melbourne

•             Jared Bissinger, Independent analyst

•             Tom Kean, International Crisis Group

•             Khaing Phyu Htut, Independent analyst

•             Anne Decobert, Tamas Wells, and Pyae Phyo Maung, University of Melbourne

•             Ngu Wah Win, Chiang Mai University

•             Khin Zaw Win, Tampadipa Institute

We will announce the conference venue, program and registration methods in the coming weeks.

There are also pre-conference events on Thursday 20 July that we will list on our conference program with more information:

Convening Committee

  • Cecile Medail - Visiting Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU,
  • Morten Pedersen - Board member, Myanmar Research Centre, ANU,
  • Yuri Takahashi - Lecturer and Convenor of the Burmese Program, ANU,
  • Samuel Hmung - Research Officer, Myanmar Research Centre, ANU,


The 2022 ANU Myanmar Update is supported by the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, the International Development Research Centre, Canada, the International IDEA, and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Event details

Event date

Fri, 21 Jul 2023, 9am - Sat, 22 Jul 2023, 5pm



Event location

The Australian National University, Canberra