"Where is Burma going, one year after the coup?", February 16

24 February 2022
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To better understand the situation in Burma one year after the military coup of February 1, 2021, the Inalco Institute and Foundation and Asialyst, the website for information and analysis on the whole of Asia, are hosting a conference on Wednesday February 16 at 6:30pm in the Inalco auditorium, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris. The debate will also be broadcast live on YouTube Live. Registration is free but mandatory.
Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup 14-Feb-2021
Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup 14-Feb-2021 © MgHla (aka) Htin Linn Aye‎
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Demonstrations repressed in blood, opponents and activists locked up en masse, villages burned... One year after the military putsch that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government and ended a decade of democratic parenthesis, Burma is sinking into violence. National cohesion is more at risk than ever. Civil war is no longer a risk, it's a reality in at least one part of the country: the states where ethnic armed groups clash with government troops. Accused of behaving like a "colonial army" against Burma's 55 million people, is the Tatmadaw, the official name of the country's armed forces, consolidating its absolute hold on Burma or on the way to losing power?

TotalEnergies and its American partner Chevron announced on January 21 their decision to leave the country. They are giving up their shares in the Yadana gas project, its field and its 370 km pipeline to Thailand, a huge infusion of millions of dollars for the junta. Far from being good news for the generals in power, this double withdrawal risks amplifying the flight of investors and therefore of capital in a Burma isolated from the international community.

Even the highly consensual Asean, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which never pays much attention to the internal affairs of its member states, has not recognized the new military regime presided over by General Min Aung Hlaing. A year after the coup d'état, the latter can only count on the support of military or dictatorial regimes in the region, notably Thailand and Cambodia.

This conference will provide a better understanding of the dynamics and complexity of the Burmese crisis over the past year.


  • Bruno Philip, journalist with Le Monde newspaper, former Bangkok correspondent - Grand témoin
  • Alexandra de Mersan, research professor at Inalco, specialist in Burma, migration and religions
  • Francis Christophe, freelance journalist and Burma specialist, author of the book Burma, the Poppy Dictatorship (Picquier, 1998)


  • Joris Zylberman, editor-in-chief of Asialyst and former China correspondent for RFI and France 24.

Co-organizers: Institut et Fondation Inalco, Asialyst.com
Contact: contact@asialyst.com