Chit Win is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change. He is an Australian Leadership Award recipient. He is also a Deputy Director from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw and oversaw Myanmar – Thailand boundary affairs before coming to Australia. Previously, Chit Win has been posted to Jakarta and Tel Aviv in various capacities.
His doctoral research “The Politics of Co-optation in the new Myanmar” seeks to understand the behavior of Myanmar’s parliament by looking at the role of the activists, technocrats and ethnic elites who have been co-opted as parliamentarians for legitimacy and inclusiveness. While they represent different parties—including the ruling party, and minor and ethnic parties— his research argues that the co-opted have become an important force within tolerable boundaries. Based on his five months of field work in the parliament, his research explores how co-optation occurs and what its costs and benefits are for Myanmar during its nascent democratic transition. His ongoing doctoral research assisted his winning the School and College level ANU Three Minute Thesis Competitions and being runner-up at the University level in 2014.
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