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Understanding the Rohingya Crisis: Race, Religion, and Violence in Burma

  • Luce Hall Auditorium, Yale University 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 (map)
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Francis Wade joins a panel with James C Scott, Sterling Professor Political Science at Yale and Kyaw Hsan Hlaing, a Burmese peace activist working on Rohingya issues.

The Rohingya, a Muslim minority of Burma of approximately one million people, are enduring a protracted and ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign. In September alone the Myanmar military burned hundreds of villages and forced nearly half a million to flee to Bangladesh. Journalist Francis Wade, the author of Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim ‘Other’ (2017), joins a panel of scholars and activists to explore the deep roots of these events, examining how violent prejudices were nurtured by the military and activated during the democratic transition, and what potential there is for peace and security in Burma not only for the Rohingya but for the country’s other minorities. 

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