Moe Thuzar

Academic Year: 
To Yale
Exchange Partners: 
National University of Singapore
Project Title: 
Nationalism, Neutrality, and National Security in Cold War Burma's Foreign Policy

Moe Thuzar is a PhD Candidate at the History Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. Moe is pursuing her PhD studies while affiliated to the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, where she has undertaken research activities related to the study of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as Myanmar, and has written extensively on both topics. Previously, Moe headed the Human Development Unit at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, coordinating ASEAN cooperation in labour, youth, social welfare, education, women's affairs, poverty reduction and rural development, health, and civil service matters. A former diplomat, she is researching Burma's Cold War external relations (1948-1988) for her PhD dissertation. Moe proposes to examine the social and cultural influences of nationalism on Burma's Cold War foreign policy, and how these influences have retained their resonance in both rhetoric and realities of Myanmar's current external and domestic imagination - nationally, regionally, and internationally.