at LSE South Asia Centre

The South Asia Centre is expanding LSE's research and engagement with Myanmar, and has hosted a few public events with experts, activists and NGOs focusing on Myanmar here in the UK. We continue to plan events and blogposts on Myanmar, and welcome ideas for events. 


Myanmar: COVID-19 in South Asia: A Comparative Perspective

22 April 2020

Speaker: David Mathieson is an independent analyst of Myanmar, in Chiang Mai.

Chair: Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is Director, South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor in Anthropology, LSE.

Watch a recording of David Mathieson's talk here, and to watch the full event click here.



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The Politics of Legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process

The Myanmar government, international donors and aid agencies need to move beyond standard peace-building and development packages based on strengthening the state if they want to see Myanmar’s Peace Process succeed, argues Ashley South. It is time for a more conflict-sensitive approach, including principled engagement with Ethnic Armed Organisations and other non-state actors.

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The Rohingya Crisis

On 7 November 2017, the Centre co-hosted a panel discussion on the Rohingya crisis that has been unfolding in Myanmar. The event was organised in collaboration with the LSESU Human Rights Society and the LSESU South Asia Society

Read a report of the discussion here

Watch the video of the discussion here 

Read an interview with panellist Mark Farmaner of Burma Campaign UK here


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Voluntary Repatriation: UNHCR and Chin Refugees from Myanmar

In 2018 the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the removal of international protection for thousands of Chin refugees in India and Malaysia. With the conflict between the Arakan Army and Myanmar's military in Chin State continuing, Michael Howard and Salai SH Lian from the Chin Human Rights Organization explain why now is not the time to revoke international protection.

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What Geography Can Teach us about how Myanmar Views and Treats its Minorities?

For decades, Myanmar’s military has been in a state of conflict with several minority groups within the country. Vikas Kumar argues that by looking at Myanmar’s ethno-geographic peripheries – one on Myanmar’s interior, the other on its exterior – a more complete picture emerges for those wanting to understand its violence towards minorities, as well as its tolerance.

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Rohingya Womanhood

When the Myanmar military junta brutally cracked down on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, rape, sexual assault and abuse against Rohingya women was common. Deeplina Banerjee explains how hyper-sexualised bodies promoted a type of gendered violence that in 2017 then became an act of honour for the community and the nation.

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