Only a few years ago, Myanmar was feted worldwide as a near successful transition from dictatorship to democracy. Many assumed the country would soon end its long-standing armed conflicts and even become Asia's next frontier market. Today, however, Myanmar stands accused of crimes against humanity, its future increasingly uncertain. In his address, Thant Myint-U will analyze the politics around Myanmar's attempted reforms. He will also examine the colonial, post-independence and regional sources of the country's current dynamics, exploring in particular issues around race and capitalism, their history in Myanmar, and their relationship to democratic change.