Stateless and impoverished, Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims – a group that the UN describes as “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities” – have received worldwide attention after new reports of government brutality. Calls for Myanmar’s state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to give up her Nobel Peace Prize have further highlighted a decades-long yet poorly understood conflict. Thomas M. Sanderson and Maxwell B. Markusen, fellows at the Washington, DC–based Center for Strategic and International Studies, have compiled a short primer that provides useful background on the most recent surge in violence. In question-and-answer format, the report outlines the main actors and the broader global implications of the conflict.
In this article, you will learn
Why the Rohingya are fighting the Myanmar government,
How the international community has responded to reports of army atrocities and
What broader international ramifications the conflict might bring.
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