Earlier in the year New Mandala collaborated with the ANU Media Office and the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific to bring you a 6-part vodcast and podcast series called “Thailand in crisis”.

Today we launch a new series called “Burma votes 2010”. Over coming weeks we plan to provide commentary and analysis on Burma’s prospects at this crucial electoral moment. In the first episode I interview Dr Morten Pedersen and Professor Des Ball who offer their takes on how the election on 7 November 2010 fits into wider political and social dynamics. Morten introduces a number of key themes in recent Burmese political history while Des focuses on conditions for ethnic minorities along the Burma-Thailand border. The podcast of this episode is available here.