Training and Launch of Territory and Power Publication

As part of its joint program with International IDEA on “territory and Power”, the Forum and IDEA will hold three events in Myanmar in the period Sep 7 – 11: An intensive training in NyaPiTaw on Sep 7-8 for members of the Lower and Upper House of Myanmar’s Union parliament, a two-day training for members of the Union Peace Conference in Yangon on Sep 9-10, and a public book / publication launch for civil society and the media on Sep 11 in Yangon.

The purpose of the workshops is to share experiences of how different countries have dealt with territorial cleavages in constitutional transitions, including examples from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Yemen. The presentations will be structured along four categories of countries with different territorial cleavage patterns, including (1) those with multiple politically salient territorial cleavages and an interest in federalizing the state, (2) those where there is a majority group and one or two territorially-based minority groups that demand autonomy and power-sharing at the central level, (3) those where a few peripheral but politically mobilized regions seek special autonomy but no power-sharing at the centre, and (4) those where political cleavages are both territorial and non-territorial, and where demands for autonomy need to be combined with other types of demands. Each typology will be explained using key country case studies.

The workshops will be facilitated by Georg Anderson, former President of the Forum of Federations, and Sujit Choudhry, Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The insights shared in the workshop are compiled in a book titled “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions”, edited by George Anderson and Sujit Choudhry. It has been published by Oxford University Press in May 2019.

Agend for Paper Launch

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