Soe Myint Aung

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Soe Myint Aung is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Oslo, and a founding board member at the Yangon-based Tagaung Institute of Political Studies. He previously served as the Program Manager of the Open Society Institute and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Burma/Myanmar. His doctoral research explores the characteristics of the contemporary political transformation in Burma and their implications for theoretical and country-specific analyses in comparative politics. Supervisors are Professor Olle Törnquist and Professor Kristian Stokke (UiO).


  • M.A., Political Science, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo.), 2003.
  • B.A., University of Yangon, 2001.

Research Interests

Democracy and Authoritarianism, Democratization, International Relations, Comparative Politics, South East Asia


Invited Talks

“Transition from Authoritarianism into What? How the Mode of Transition Shapes the Outcome in Burma/Myanmar.” Seminar on the Political Dynamics and Contextual Understanding of Myanmar, Oil for Development Programme - Norad, Oslo, Norway, 8 October 2015.

“Destiny Year 2015.” Burma Forum, Norwegian Burma Committee, Oslo, Norway, 17 April 2015.


“The Consequences of Elitism in Burmese Civilian Politics Since 1988: A Practical Appraisal”


“Authoritarian Space and Regressive Globalization: Exploitations and Resistance in Contemporary Burma.” International Burma Studies Conference, Université de Provence, Marseille, France, 6-9 July 2010.

“Justice in Transition: People-Paradigm.” Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 January 2010.

Panels and Seminars

“Political Dynamics and Contextual Understanding of Myanmar.” Oil for Development Programme - Norad, Panel discussant, Oslo, Norway, 8 October 2015.

“Does Buddhism Support Democracy? The Role of Buddhism in the 2015 Myanmar Elections.” Panel discussant, PRIO, Oslo, Norway, 7 October 2015.

“Human Rights: the Price for Investments?” Panel discussant, Norwegian Burma Committee Seminar, University of Oslo, Norway, 27 January 2015.

“Globalization of Social and Political Spaces in Myanmar: Expansions, Contractions and Contestations.” Panel discussant and participant, Université de Provence Marseille, France, 8 December 2010.

“Burmese Education, History and Politics: The National and the Transnational.” Panel discussant, Université de Provence, Marseille, France, 8 December 2010.


  • Founding Board Member, Tagaung Institute of Political Studies (TIPS), 2014-Present.
  • Organizing Committee, Independent Journal of Burma/Myanmar Research, 2011-Present.
  • Fellow, International Electoral Education Council (IEEC), 2012.
  • Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Directors, Yangon School of Political Science (YSPS), 2011-2014.


Aung, Soe Myint (2003). La Politique de l’Union Européenne envers la Birmanie (1988-2002), Master Thesis, Paris: Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques

Stokke, Kristian; Win, Khine & Aung, Soe Myint (2015). Political Parties and Popular Representation in Myanmar’s Democratization Process. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.  ISSN 1868-1034.  34(3), s 3- 35

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