1 March 2021

Video: Making Sense of Myanmar's 1.2.21 Military Coup

On 8 November last year, Myanmar held a general election that returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to power. But just as the new parliament was about to be convened on Monday, 1 February, the army seized power, ostensibly for a year, alleging electoral irregularities.

How did this military putsch come to pass? What does the coup mean for Myanmar’s political future? Is this part of a wider authoritarian shift in politics across Asia, and indeed globally?

Watch or re-watch the dicsussion of the unfolding crisis in Myanmar.


Helene Maria Kyed (DIIS)
Stein Tønnesson (PRIO)
Myat The Thitsar (UMass Lowell)
Matthew Walton (Toronto)
May Sabe Phyu, Gender Equality Network (GEN), Myanmar


Duncan McCargo (NIAS)

The event was organized by NIAS, ADI, University of Copenhagen, and the New York Southeast Asia Network, in collaboration with DIIS, PRIO and Southeast Asia Student Initiative at Columbia.