Nwet Kay Khine

Nwet Kay Khine, a former journalist and writer from Myanmar, is now affiliated to the Center for Social Development Studies under the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand as a research associate. Nwet joined the master’s programme for International Development Studies in Chulalongkorn University in 2016 and then continued her learning with the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Journalism, Media and Globalization in the universities of Aarhus and Hamburg in 2010. She completed her doctoral study at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies in Mahidol University in 2019.

Neoliberalism, Populism, and Authoritarianism in Myanmar, and Political Struggles for Social Justice by Emerging Social Movements

This study aims to have a better and more concrete understanding of the origins, current conditions, consequences, and political trajectories of Myanmar’s current political regime that is firmly grounded on the tripodal power of neoliberal capitalism, authoritarianism, and populism. This research will inform civil society members of some creative ways of mobilizing the public support in activist work and policy debates. The remainder of this study is to make an urgent call to fill the void of alternative ideology while politicians and the army would resort to populism in a bid to gain power over their rivals in every election season. Thus, the project will be both examining contemporary political struggles by social movements – but at the same time, the project will be embedded within these movements.


Khine, Nwet Kay. “Fighting with the infodemic”, Covid Special Series: Covid-19 and Myanmar, no.2 (2020) https://ispmyanmarspecialseries.com/drnkk2 

Khine, Nwet Kay.”The Effects of Censorship: Myanmar’s Limited Views on Ethnic Diversity”. Peace and Conflict Review 9, no.1(2016) https://mm.boell.org/2017/03/17/perspectives-asia-no-5-politics-food

Khine, N. Khine and Myint Zaw. The Commons in Myanmar, (Yangon: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2015), https://mm.boell.org/en/2016/01/07/commons

All Publications from Nwet Kay Khine:

  • Myanmar: Media Fragility and Space for Authoritarianism during COVID-19

    In the midst of the global COVID-19 response, governments around the world continue to curtail some fundamental civil rights to curb the unprecedented spread of the disease and limit its impact. As of May 2020, 84 countries have officially declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Others have not officially declared a state of emergency but have still suspended or restricted certain civil and political rights for temporary purposes in the name of public health; COVID-19 has prompted authoritarian tendencies amongst a variety of different types of governments—including many liberal democracies.

  • Myanmar’s Election Under the Threat of Right-Wing Populism

    Life under Myanmar’s military dictatorship, which has existed in various guises since 1962, has been harsh, which is why people wish to send the military back into the barracks as soon as possible. On 8 November 2020 they chose the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, as the winning party in the country’s general election held every five years. Voter turnout was high in both Burmese-dominated areas in Central Myanmar and the other seven states representing the seven major ethnic groups: Kachin, Kayar, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, and the Shan from the frontier areas bordering China, Thailand, Bangladesh, and India.