Myanmar’s election of Htin Kyaw marks the first time in decades that a civilian will serve as the country's president. The election of her close confidant is another political victory for Aung San Suu Kyi, who many believe will be the true power behind the throne. We spoke to Wilson Center Fellow Renaud Egreteau to gain more insight into this historic moment in the country’s electoral history. That discussion provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Renaud Egreteau, a fellow with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program, holds degrees in comparative politics and Asian languages as well as a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris (2006). He is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore and a research associate with the Center for International Research (CERI) in Paris, France. He was previously a research assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, where he taught comparative politics (2009-2013). He authored Wooing the Generals: India’s New Burma Policy (Authorspress, 2003), Histoire de la Birmanie Contemporaine (Fayard, 2010) and (with Larry Jagan) Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma (NUS Press, 2013). He is currently exploring the resurgence of parliament and legislative affairs in post-junta Burma (Myanmar).

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.