Nwet Kay Khine, a former journalist and writer from Myanmar, is now affiliated to the Center for Social Development Studies under the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand as a research associate. Nwet joined the master’s programme for International Development Studies in Chulalongkorn University in 2016 and then continued her learning with the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Journalism, Media and Globalization in the universities of Aarhus and Hamburg in 2010. She completed her doctoral study at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies in Mahidol University in 2019.
Neoliberalism, Populism, and Authoritarianism in Myanmar, and Political Struggles for Social Justice by Emerging Social Movements
This study aims to have a better and more concrete understanding of the origins, current conditions, consequences, and political trajectories of Myanmar’s current political regime that is firmly grounded on the tripodal power of neoliberal capitalism, authoritarianism, and populism. This research will inform civil society members of some creative ways of mobilizing the public support in activist work and policy debates. The remainder of this study is to make an urgent call to fill the void of alternative ideology while politicians and the army would resort to populism in a bid to gain power over their rivals in every election season. Thus, the project will be both examining contemporary political struggles by social movements – but at the same time, the project will be embedded within these movements.