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.
Mental Illness: Myanmar’s Hidden Epidemic
Myanmar urgently needs to improve mental health care and achieving that objective will require a change of attitude by policy makers and the wider community. A report released last year […]
Mahathir: Uighurs “have done nothing wrong”
Horror stories have trickled out of China’s Xinjiang province for years. Now research points to a flood of human suffering and disturbing human rights abuses. Yet with threats of China’s economic retribution, […]
A Return to War: Militarized Conflicts in Northern Shan State
Introduction Myanmar’s internal armed conflict erupted in 1948 just after it gained independence from Britain. The principle armed actors in Myanmar’s civil wars have involved the Myanmar Defense Services, or […]