SPEAKER: Dr Richard Cockett
TIME: 6–7pm, Monday 28th September 2015
VENUE: Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
To attend please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burma is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia and was once one of its richest. Under successive military regimes, however, the country eventually ended up as one of the poorest countries in Asia, a byword for repression and ethnic violence. Richard Cockett spent years in the region as a correspondent for The Economist and witnessed first-hand the vicious sectarian politics of the Burmese government, and later, also, its surprising attempts at political and social reform.
Cockett’s enlightening historical analysis, from the colonial era onward, explains how Burma descended into decades of civil war and authoritarian government. Taking advantage of the opening up of the country since 2011, Cockett has interviewed hundreds of former political prisoners, guerrilla fighters, ministers, monks, and others to give a vivid account of life under one of the most brutal regimes in the world. In many cases, this is the first time that they can tell their stories to the outside world. Cockett also explains why the regime has started to reform, and why these reforms will not go as far as many people had hoped. This is the most rounded survey to date of this volatile Asian nation.
As Burma heads to the polls on 8th November after nearly half a century of military rule, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Richard Cockett, who will be discussing his latest book; the most up-to-date single-volume analysis of Burma, its chequered history and attempts to reform.
Dr Richard Cockett is a writer, journalist, editor and academic, with over thirty years’ worth of experience teaching at some of Britain’s top universities and writing for several of the best newspapers and magazines. He is currently editor and correspondent at The Economist. He is the author of several books, the most recent being Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African state. He now lives in London.