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Associate Professor Sean Turnell was quoted in The Irrawaddy

Created: 16 Jan 2014

Sean Turnell

Commentary from Associate Professor Sean Turnell on Burma's new role as Asean chair in The Irrawaddy online.

Publication: The Irrawaddy
Title: Will the Asean Chair Strain Burma’s Resources?
Date: 9 January, 2014


“Managing the [Asean] chairmanship will impose extra burdens upon a narrow cohort of able people who are managing the reform process, but who are already grossly overworked. To this extent, the chairmanship could be an unwelcome distraction,” economist and Burma expert Sean Turnell told The Irrawaddy while visiting Rangoon.

“On the other hand, the country is receiving assistance in the role from prior chair countries, which is likely to be helpful both for the matter at hand, and perhaps more broadly in terms of public administration.”

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