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Identity Crisis: Ethnicity and Conflict in Myanmar

Ethnicity and conflict are tightly linked in Myanmar, as communal groups take up arms to press grievances for which they have found no other recourse.

The problem calls for dialogue and deep reform, but meanwhile authorities can take smaller steps to indicate their positive intent.

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Ethnicity has become central to citizenship, basic rights, politics and armed conflict in Myanmar.

Efforts to categorise and enumerate the peoples of this hugely diverse country have been attempted from British colonial times to the latest 2014 census.

These efforts have created an…

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