With Chinese state-owned companies sinking more and more money into Myanmar, China is clearly playing an increasingly large role in its southern neighbor’s development. But the two countries have encountered difficulties in recent months. After violent conflict broke out in northern Myanmar’s Shan state in August 2009, tens of thousands of refugees crossed the border into China, triggering a humanitarian crisis and diplomatic tensions. Then last April, a Chinese construction site was bombed in Kachin State. What role do ethnic grievances play in conflicts in Myanmar? Based on several months of innovative field work in northern Myanmar, Emma Leslie will discuss the views of ethnic minority groups in Myanmar on the coming elections and on relations with China, as described in their new book, Listening to Voices from Inside: Ethnic People Speak.
DATE: Friday, July 9
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ABOUT THE SPAEKER:
Emma Leslie has worked on peace, conflict transformation and development throughout the Asia Pacific region since 1993. In 1997 she moved to Cambodia and in the same year helped to found the regional network of Action Asia. Since then she has held the post of Secretariat to the Action Asia network as well as being the course director of the Applied Conflict Transformations Studies MA program. She holds a Masters degree in International Development and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.