LSE Global South Unit and Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre present
Friday 13 October 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
- David Brenner,
- John Buchanan,
- Patrick Meehan,
- Martin Smith.
Chair: Jürgen Haacke
Myanmar’s borderlands have experienced armed conflict ever since the country’s independence in 1948. Attempts by successive military governments to secure control over these contested areas, and the willingness to deploy military force to achieve this ambition, have fuelled longstanding grievances against central state authority.
Against this backdrop of decades-long ethno-national conflict, the country’s borderland regions have given birth to a dazzling array of non-state armed groups, including insurgencies, militias, vigilantes, and criminal networks. They are part of a fragmented and multi-layered landscape of political order, which also includes semi-autonomous army commands, transnational business actors and other informal institutions. Based on years of extensive field work in the border areas of Myanmar, the speakers will discuss the dynamics of armed politics, social orders and state formation in light of the country's peace process and wider transition.
This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required.
Please note that registration does not guarantee a seat, and ticket holders should therefore arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they get in the venue.