April 2021: Myanmar’s Fight Against Military Rule, and Why it Matters?
Speaker: Ambassador Scot Marciel
About the Speaker:
Ambassador Scot Marciel is a Visiting Scholar and Practitioner Fellow at Stanford University’s Walter Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center. A career Foreign Service Officer,he most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar from March 2016 through May 2020. Prior to his assignment in Myanmar, Ambassador Marciel was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific at the State Department, where he oversaw U.S. relations with Southeast Asia.
From 2010 to 2013, Scot Marciel was U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country. Before that, he served concurrently as the first U.S. Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia from 2007 to 2010.
Mr. Marciel has more than 35 years of experience as a diplomat in Asia and around the world. In addition to the assignments noted above, he has worked at U.S. missions in Turkey, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Brazil and the Philippines. At the State Department, he served as Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia, Director of the Office of Mainland Southeast Asia, and Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs.
Mr. Marciel earned an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Davis.
This program addressed recent events in Myanmar and focused on the nearly unprecedented national resistance to the military’s coup, and how things might progress going forward with ongoing violence and protests, and a rapidly failing economy. Ambassador Marciel explained how two distinct historic struggles – the pro-democracy movement and the ethnic conflicts – have shaped where Burma, or Myanmar, is now. He gave background to the various players’ actions and goals – the military, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Parliamentarians in hiding, the protesting civil servants, the Bamar, ethnic minorities, and the Rohingya… We also learned about the international response and what can be expected from the Western camp, on the one side, and from China and the ASEAN countries, on the other. Ambassador Marciel highlighted some reasons why Americans should care, based on humanitarian, moral-democratic, and strategic thinking.