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Myanmar politics and election of Aung San Suu Kyi: Queen's University expert

2012-04-10

Queen’s University Asian political experts Bruce Gilley is available to talk about the election of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi winning a seat in Myanmar parliament.

Observers say the election of the pro-democracy leader Ms Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy is a new era of Myanmar politics. Dr. Gilley is an expert on the politics of Asia and democratic transitions. He has consulted widely with governments in Canada, the United States, and Europe on policies toward China and its democratization.

“The opposition National League for Democracy needs to start acting like a political party rather than a social movement. That means both a fuller program as well as making compromises. The transition will be as difficult for the opposition as for the regime,” says Dr. Gilley, who is a fellow in the Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy.

Please note that Dr. Gilley is currently based in Portland, Ore.

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