Kai Ostwald & Kyaw Yin Hlaing

Myanmar’s Transition Stalled: From Opening to Coup

The year 2020, when this project was initiated, provided a unique opportunity for reflection on critical milestones in Myanmar’s recent history: it marked a decade since the initiation of political, economic, and peace transitions, as well as five years since the National League for Democracy (NLD) took control of the civilian government in an ad hoc power-sharing arrangement with the military. The November 2020 election would [...]

Htet Min Lwin

Htet Paing Oo

Claudine Haenni

Kai Ostwald & Kyaw Yin Hlaing

Julius Bautista

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that has caused an unprecedented disruption of the foundational institutions in the public health and economic sectors. Given that 190 countries have mandated the complete or partial closure of schools – a measure that has affected more than 1.7 billion students worldwide (World Bank 2020) – it is important to underscore that the pandemic should also be considered a global educational crisis. Audrey Azouley, the Director-General of UNESCO, has declared that COVID-19 has caused “the most unprecedented disruption in the history of education.“ (UNESCO 2020: iii).   Educational institutions around the world have responded by implementing measures with the intent of maintaining the continuity and inclusiveness of their programs while safeguarding the interests [...]


Message from the Editor:


KRSEA has achieved its new milestone both in terms of greater global reach and its continued promotion of indigenous languages of Southeast Asia. It is now time to celebrate our achievement with the launch of this book. At the Crossroads unravels a critical juncture in Southeast Asia, from 2017 to 2021, a juncture replete with changes, contestations and challenges facing the region, from different viewpoints: political, economic, social, and cultural. This time, we bring together all the English articles published from January 2017 to December 2020 into one volume.



This collection of articles from the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia (KRSEA) is published with the financial support of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. We have compiled all the English articles from Issue 13 (March 2013), to Issue 20 (September 2016). This period marked a turning point for KRSEA with the re-launch of the website in March 2013 and the new online archive of earlier issues.



Lawfare Strategy of the National Unity Government of Myanmar

by Phil Saengkrai in Issue 31

Since the coup on 1 February 2021, the Myanmar military has been facing the constant and ferocious resistance from the civilians. The members of parliament who have been ousted have formed the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), which in turn have appointed the National Unity Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (NUG). The NUG– comprising Win Myint as President, Aung San Suu Kyi as State Counsellor, Duwa [...]

ရပ်တန့်သွားသော မြန်မာ့အသွင်ကူးပြောင်းရေး – စတင်ချိန်မှ အာဏာသိမ်းချိန်အထိ

ဤစီမံချက်ကို စတင်ချိန် ၂၀၂၀ ပြည့်နှစ်သည် မြန်မာနိုင်ငံ၏ မကြာသေးသော သမိုင်းတွင် ဖြတ်သန်း ခဲ့သော မိုင်တိုင်များကို ပြန်လည်ဆန်းစစ်ရန် တမူထူးခြားသော အခွင့်အလမ်းရှိချိန် ဖြစ်ပါသည်။ ၂၀၂၀ ပြည့်နှစ်သည် နိုင်ငံရေး၊ စီးပွားရေး၊ ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေး အသွင်ကူးပြောင်းမှု စတင်ချိန်မှ စရေတွက်လျှင် ဆယ်နှစ် ပြည့်မြောက်ချိန် ဖြစ်ပြီး အမျိုးသားဒီိမုကရေစီအဖွဲ့ချုပ် NLD က စစ်တပ်နှင့် အလျဥ်းသင့်သလို အာဏာခွဲဝေထားသည့် အစီအမံအောက်တွင် အရပ်သားအစိုးရ တာဝန်ယူချိန် ၅ [...]

The 45th Southeast Asia Seminar

The 45th Southeast Asia Seminar (Webinar)
February 18-19, 2022
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, welcomes applications from advanced graduate students (All-But-Dissertation PhD. candidates) and early-career researchers (who received their PhDs within the last five years), with fields of specialization relating to the seminar topic, to participate in the 45th Southeast Asia Seminar on “Engaging Transdisciplinarity: Variegated Trajectories in Southeast Asian Studies.” The seminar will be held at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University on February 18 and 19, 2022.
Deadline for application is January 3, 2022.
Please note that this year’s seminar will be conducted online (via Zoom) on February 18, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Japan Standard Time/GMT+9:00), and on February 19, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (JST).
See the CSEAS website for registration information.

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