The Rohingya and Islamic Extremism: A Convenient Myth
The plight of Myanmar’s minority Muslim population, the Rohingya, has received widespread international attention, most notably in light of the ongoing refugee boat crisis. Within Myanmar itself, however, many actors continue to invoke the threat posed to the country by Islamic extremism. Not only does such a connection with the Rohingya lack credibility, argue Christopher O’Hara and Elliot Brennan, but such a narrative legitimates harsher repression and leads to the generation of grievances which, in the long term, may provoke radicalization.
On the Path to Civil War: Beijing Navigates Post-Coup Myanmar
Abstract Protests against the military’s February 1 coup d’état continue in Myanmar. On March 27, the bloodiest day yet, over 114 civilians, including many children, were shot by regime forces. […]