German foreign cultural and education policy in transformation countries—The example of Myanmar
In the study “Auswärtige Kultur-und Bildungspolitik in Staaten im Umbruch am Beispiel Myanmars”, Anna Kaitinnis, visiting researcher at BICC in 2013, looks at the complicated process of democratization of Myanmar under its military dictatorship and the role German foreign cultural and education policy can play in the process. The study has been published in the ifa-edition “Culture and Foreign Policy.”
The military dictatorship in Myanmar has been considered the longest lasting worldwide. Since 2010, however, the military has been leading a steady democratization process. The study poses the question how this process can be sustainably supported by German foreign cultural and education policy. It sets out to develop concrete recommendations for conflict-sensitive activities in Myanmar identifying the areas that ought to receive particular attention and pointing to possible difficulties. It finally poses the question whether foreign cultural and education policy measures taken in Myanmar could be transferred to other countries of political transition and upheaval.
The study “Auswärtige Kultur-und Bildungspolitik in Staaten im Umbruch am Beispiel Myanmars” is based on an international workshop carried out jointly by ifa and BICC on 11 November 2013 in Bonn Experts on culture, education, and research from Germany and Myanmar discussed possible entry points for German foreign cultural and education policy. The project is part of the ifa research program “Culture and foreign policy”.