'Myanmar' Category

  • 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 […]

  • New chapter on Myanmar’s Kachin ceasefire

    October 15, 2016

    I’m delighted to be among the contributors to a new edited book called War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar, edited by Mandy Sadan at SOAS. The book is about the rise and fall of the ceasefire between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organisation, from many different perspectives – geopolitical, economic, cultural, […]

  • Telesur interview on Myanmar

    April 12, 2016

    I was interviewed recently about Myanmar’s political transition by Tariq Ali for his show on Telesur. You can watch the show via YouTube below, and a higher quality/ downloadable version is also on the Telesur website.

  • Explaining Myanmar’s Regime Transition: The Periphery is Central

    January 30, 2014

    My latest article, Explaining Myanmar’s Regime Transition: The Periphery is Central, has now been published early-online by Democratization. It is an open-access article so it is free to download. Here’s the abstract: In 2010, Myanmar (Burma) held its first elections after 22 years of direct military rule. Few compelling explanations for this regime transition have emerged. […]

  • Ceasefire: Reflections on community politics and social change in the Kachin region of Burma (Myanmar), 1994 to the present

    January 16, 2014

    Way back in October I spoke at a day-long public seminar on the Kachin region of Myanmar, which covered various political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the area’s transformation since the Kachin Independence Organisation’s ceasefire with the military regime in 1994. A really good report on/ summary the seminar is now publicly available here. […]

  • Monocle 24, 14 January 2014

    January 16, 2014

    I was on Monocle 24 on Tuesday night discussing: The protests in Bangkok and their structural underpinnings; China’s spring festival and the 3.6bn predicted journeys set to engulf the public transport system; The transnational repercussions of Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis – this time, the sentencing of men plotting to blow up the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta […]

  • Two recent Monocle 24 appearances

    October 14, 2013

    I appeared on Monocle 24 radio twice last week. The first, on 8 October, was my regular review of the major news stories in Asia (here, about 41 minutes in); the second, on 10 October, was to discuss the implications of Myanmar taking over the chairmanship of ASEAN (here, about 8 mins in).  

  • Monocle appearances

    May 28, 2013

    I appeared twice on Monocle 24 during the last week. The first appearance was to discuss widespread power outages across southern Thailand and what lay behind them. You can listen to that here, about 20 minutes in. The second was last night, to review the Asian headlines. That program is here and I come in […]

  • Myanmar: a new future through higher education?

    May 10, 2013

    Yesterday I participated in a ‘Myanmar-UK policy dialogue’ organised by the British Council entitled ‘Myanmar: a new future through higher education?’ This got quite a lot of coverage yesterday because the keynote address was given remotely by Aung San Suu Kyi who asked for Britain’s help in reconstructing Myanmar’s dilapidated university system (BBC, Times Higher, […]

  • Monocle appearance on Aung San Suu Kyi’s emerging relationship with the military

    March 28, 2013

    I appeared on Monocle 24 last night with Dr Justin Watkins of SOAS to discuss Aung San Suu Kyi’s first appearance at an Armed Forces Day parade, arguing that it reflects her need to assuage fears among the military – still Myanmar’s most powerful political force – about the potential consequences of her becoming president […]

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