Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict

Anthony Ware


Costas Laoutides

As the long predicted crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims gathers pace, this book offers a nuanced and frank history of their claims to citizenship.

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The plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims has made international news in recent years. Reports of genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity are commonplace. The Rohingyas have been denied citizenship and are widely discriminated against. Hundreds of thousands have been internally displaced by violence, or have sought refuge in neighbouring or friendly Muslim countries. This conflict has become a litmus test for change in this country in transition, and current assessments are far from positive. Whitewashing by the military, and a refusal by Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to even use the name ‘Rohingya’, adds to international scepticism.

Exploring this long-running tripartite conflict between the Rohingya, Rakhine and Burman ethnic groups, this book offers a new analysis of the complexities of the conflict: the fears and motivations driving it and the competition to control historical representations and collective memory. By questioning these competing narratives, offering detailed sociopolitical analysis and examining the international dimensions of the conflict, this book offers new insights into what is preventing a peaceful resolution to this intractable conflict.


Anthony Ware is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, and Director of the Australia Myanmar Institute. He specialises in international development in conflict situations, and sociopolitical dynamics of community-led development.

Costas Laoutides is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University, Melbourne. He specialises in separatist conflicts, particularly relationships between negotiated settlements and modes of political accommodation.

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‘This is a timely and engaging book, looking at many angles that have hitherto not had enough scrutiny (if any), and the nuanced and methodical style effectively deals with many of the usual controversies that prevent discourse on this subject.’ — Martin Smith, author of Burma: Insurgency and the Politics of Ethnicity