Dr Andray Abrahamian
The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia's most vexing. For decades they were infamous as the region's most militarized and repressed, self-isolated and under sanctions by the international community while, from Singapore to Japan, the rest of Asia saw historic wealth creation and growing middle class security. Andray Abrahamian, author of the recent book North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths (McFarland, 2018), will examine and compare the political histories of North Korea and Myanmar in order to explain how Myanmar found a way out of isolation while North Korea has yet been unable.
Andray Abrahamian is a Research Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, East-West Center and an Adjunct Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. He is an also an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, and a member of the US National Committee on North Korea. He is a frequent commentator on North Korea issues for a variety of press, including the Economist, CNN, Reuters and the AP. He has taught courses at Yangon University and Ulsan University and has given special lectures at Berkeley, Harvard, SOAS, Seoul National and other Universities. Andray has a PhD is from the University of Ulsan and an MA from the University of Sussex. He has lived in Myanmar and visited North Korea dozens of times.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:This week the Research Seminar will be held on Monday 26 March 2018 instead of the Thursday.
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