Myanmar: A New Democracy in Crisis


Location: C103 Hesburgh Center for International Studies


Stephen Gray

Director, Adapt Research and Consulting

In this lecture, Stephen Gray will provide an overview of the challenges facing the South East Asian nation of Myanmar, paying particular attention to the Rohingya crisis and the government's peace process with close to 20 ethno-political, non-state armed groups. His presentation will explore the interests and relationships between Myanmar's government, army, non-state actors and business elites, as well as describe how these interests and relationships hinder contemporary peacebuilding efforts.

About Stephen Gray
Stephen’s work focuses on international conflict resolution and is grounded in respect for social and economic justice, non-violence, transparent and accountable governance, and the value of learning. His professional career began in policy roles for the New Zealand government and has lead to work for private, academic and multilateral institutions on four continents. He works with others that seek sustainable, less violent solutions to the conflicts that confront us. In practice, this often involves representing organisations, managing research, providing analysis and advise, and conduct training for stakeholders focused on peace and development in conflict-affected environments. His research focuses on systems approaches to conflict analysis, transformation and peacebuilding. Stephen holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, where he occasionally lectures. He is a Fulbright and Freyburg Scholar, certified mediator, very amateur rugby player, committed dad, and keen surfer.