Soe Myint Aung

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Soe Myint Aung is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Oslo, and founder of the Yangon Centre for Independent Research (YCIR). He previously served as the Program Manager of the Open Society Institute and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Myanmar (Burma). His doctoral research explores the characteristics of the contemporary political transformation in Burma and its implications for theoretical and country-specific analyses in comparative politics. The 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, Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies.


Invited Talks

“A Transition That Wasn’t: Myanmar’s Democratization and Its Woes.” Seminar arranged by the Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University with ABF, Stockholm, Sweden, 15 January 2018.

“Leadership Change in Myanmar and Its Implications for Foreign Policy.” LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2017, LSE Southeast Asia Centre, London, UK, 22 May 2017.

“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.

“Reflections on Aspects of Burmese Society and Leadership Experience.” Meeting with 2013-2014 Luce Scholars, International Center of Excellence, University of Yangon, Myanmar, 14 July 2014.


“Democracy Promotion Through State Capacity Building? Norway’s Engagement in Natural Resource Management in Myanmar.” (with Kristian Stokke, Svein Erik Stave, and Amsale Temesgen)

Conference papers

“Half-hearted Concessions? The Controlled Political Change and Post-Junta Politics in Burma/Myanmar.” European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, University of Oslo, Norway, 7 September 2017.

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


  • Founder, Yangon Centre for Independent Research (YCIR), 2017-Present.
  • Founder & Chief Strategist, Tagaung Institute of Political Studies (TIPS), 2014-2017.
  • Organizing Committee, Independent Journal of Burmese Scholarship, 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.
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