Carlos Sardiña Galache.

Yet, even as the international community was celebrating a new dawn, old wars were raging in the northern borderlands. A crisis was emerging in western Arakan state where the regime intensified its oppression of the vulnerable Muslim Rohingya community. By 2017, the conflict had escalated into a military onslaught against the Rohingya that provoked the most desperate refugee crisis of our times, as over 750,000 of them fled their homes to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Meet the author and journalist Carlos Sardiña Galache for a discussion about his book The Burmese Labyrinth (Verso 2020), in which examines the deep roots behind the ethnic divisions that go back prior to the colonial period, and exploded in recent times. Using ethnographic and historical methods, the author gives an analysis of competing ethno-nationalisms and a nation in perpetual conflict with itself.

Carlos Sardiña Galache has covered Burma as a freelance journalist since 2010. He visited the country regularly covering its many conflicts during the transition period. His work has been published in outlets like Al Jazeera, the Intercept, the Christian Science Monitor, the South China Morning Post, TIME, the Bangkok Post, or Nikkei Asian Review.

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