Myanmar in Transition: China and the Conflict in Kachin State
Events Myanmar has witnessed numerous uprisings since independence from the British in 1947. Discontent has been shaped by a variety of local and regional dynamics. The conflict in Kachin State is illustrative of this. Government infrastructure projects backed by Chinese investments have mobilised ethno-nationalist groups as well as civil society networks. How does regional power dynamics affect the democratic transition in Myanmar? Where are China-Myanmar relations heading?Speakers:Jenny Hedström, Umeå UniversityKristina Simion, The Australia National University and the Folke Bernadotte Academy Moderator: Henrik Chetan Aspengren, UI
Prospects for Peace in Yemen
Events The civil war in Yemen has been ongoing since 2014 and the war has led to a severe humanitarian crisis. This seminar takes an overall look at the situation in the country and provides an in-depth view of what is happening inside Yemen and the Yemeni society and to what extend when and how peace can be made possible.
Europe-China Relations – The Role of Political Values
Events China’s attempts to gain influence across Europe have sparked reactions on the continent. A new report from the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) analyses the role that political values play in Europe-China relations today. Does Europe stand up for its core values when it deals with China? How does China seek to influence Europe on core issues such as human rights? Will China’s attempts to influence Sweden be successful?This seminar will present and discuss the findings of the report. A special emphasis will be given to the policy of Sweden. Welcoming remarks:Christer Ahlström, Director, UI Panel:Tim Rühlig, Analyst, UIViking Bohman, Analyst, UINicola Nymalm, Research Fellow, UI Moderator: Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Research Fellow, UI