BBC World News, 26 October 2017

November 2, 2017

I appeared on BBC World News to discuss the funeral of King Bhumibol of Thailand and its political implications. You can watch it here.


Times Higher Education, 2 November 2017

November 2, 2017

I’m quoted in today’s Times Higher rejecting calls for UK universities to cut ties with Myanmar as counterproductive virtue signalling.


Internazionale, 27 October 2017

October 27, 2017

My essay on the Rohingya crisis has been reprinted in today’s Internazionale, in Italian, alongside contributions from Francis Wade and Thant Myint U. You can read it here.


Quoted in The Guardian, 24 October 2017

October 24, 2017

I am quoted in today’s Guardian, responding to a Eurosceptic Tory MP’s efforts to “gather information” on teaching on the EU in British universities (i.e. to intimidate Remainer academics). Naturally, I tell him to buzz off.

UPDATE: the story (and my quotation) is recycled in the Evening Standard, The Times, and RT, and I also appeared on Radio 5 Live to discuss this (listen here, starts around 40mins).


RT appearance, 19 October 2017

October 20, 2017

I appeared on RT to discuss the government’s proposals to impose fines on or even de-register universities that fail to uphold freedom of speech. You can see the clip here.


The Rohingya Crisis

October 15, 2017

Since late August 2017, over 530,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forcibly displaced from Myanmar into Bangladesh. I’ve been quite busy trying to improve public and policymakers’ understanding of the causes of the violence and possibly policies to address it. I wrote a long piece for New Mandala explaining why the exodus is not simply produced by land-grabs but reflects a very complex political economy context; this has subsequently been republished by Bangladesh’s Daily Star. I also provided private advice to the Foreign Office and gave evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee – you can watch that here or read the testimony here.


Dan Snow’s History Hit – Episode on Rohingya Crisis, 22 September 2017

September 22, 2017

I recorded a podcast with Dan Snow on the Rohingya crisis and the long-term historical backdrop. You can listen to it here.


The Briefing Room, 21 September 2017

September 21, 2017

I help introduce the Rohingya refugee crisis in the latest episode of The Briefing Room on BBC Radio 4, hosted by David Aaronovitch. You can listen to the episode here.


Myanmar: appearance on Aufhebungbunga podcast

September 3, 2017

I was pleased to appear on a newish (but quite brilliant) politics podcast called AufheBungaBunga to discuss the situation in Myanmar. The focus of the discussion was the situation in Rakhine state (recorded days before the latest flare-up in violence) and whatever happened to Aung San Suu Kyi’s liberal credentials. We also had a brief discussion of Charlottesville, based on my piece on The Current Moment.


Quoted in Irrawaddy report, 28 Aug 2017

August 31, 2017

My work on Myanmar’s political economy is quoted in a report in The Irawaddy on resource politics in Kachin state. You can read it here.


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