Lowy Institute for International Policy -
On Thursday, 28 November the Lowy Institute was honoured to host Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, conducted a conversation with Daw Suu at the Institute's Bligh Street Headquarters.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In 1991, her efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Burma won her the Nobel Prize for Peace. She was released from house arrest in November 2010. In April 2012, Daw Suu was elected to the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the parliament, representing the constituency of Kawhmu. Her party won 43 of the 45 vacant seats in the lower house.
With economic links between Australia and Burma now growing strongly, Dr Sean Turnell of Macquarie University provided a brief perspective on Burma's economy, and the role of Daw Suu in its reform.
This was one of Daw Suu's few public engagements during her visit to Australia.