In July 2015, the then still relatively new Australia Myanmar Institute held an international conference at Yangon University. It was the first time that an international conference had been held at that university and the first time that politics had been openly discussed there since 1962.

It was a great moment -- before the elections, which ushered in a civilian-led government, and as Myanmar was still testing the limits of freedom of speech. My paper to the conference, on the first morning, was on Myanmar’s transition from military rule. Speakers were advised not to use the word "Rohingya".