06 November 2018
Thesis Examination: "The Role of Karen Policy-Networks in Myanmar’s National Peace Process"
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RCSD Center, Faculty of Social Sciences is pleased to invite you to participate in a Thesis Examination

"The Role of Karen Policy-Networks in Myanmar’s National Peace Process"

Presenter: Ms. Stasha Malcolm
M.A in Social Science (Development Studies) 

Examining committee

Asst. Prof. Dr. Naruemon Thabchumpon, (Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University)

Lect. Dr. Robert A. Farnan, (Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University)
Lect. Dr. Mukdawan Sakboon, (Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University)

Tuesday, 6 November 2018 from 13.00 p.m.
Subaltern Meeting room, basement floor, Operational Building, Faculty of Social Sciences

Abstract: Myanmar’s current peace process is facilitated through the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), agreed to by the central government, the Tatmadaw, and ten ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) including the Karen National Union (KNU). Political tension has led to factionalism within the KNU itself, creating a small-scale policy subsystem in which various governance actors attempt to raise their policy concerns at the national level. Current literature discusses Karen politics as they are happening within top-level negotiations on the NCA, often overlooking the impact of policy opponents that do not have direct access to the negotiation space.

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate how Karen policy opponents attempt to impact national level
negotiations through advocacy within small-scale policy-networks, vis-à-vis the KNU. These policy-networks advocate for differing imaginaries as part of an existing discursive structure. The primary research question, What is the role of Karen policy-networks in Myanmar’s national peace process? produced three major findings: the extent to which actor perception is shared across various levels of Karen politics, the creation of differing imaginaries within the Karen political context (and their overlap), and the current use of both insider and indirect advocacy in an attempt to impact the national peace process.

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