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Deakin Downtown

Level 12, Tower 2

727 Collins Street

Docklands, VIC 3008

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A seminar and book launch hosted by Australia Myanmar Institute and Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute

Authors / Speakers:

  • Dr Anthony Ware, Senior Lecturer in International & Community Development, Deakin University
  • Dr Costas Laoutides, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Deakin University

Discussants:

  • Dr Amy Nethery, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Deakin University – expert on refugee and asylum
  • Christopher Lamb, President of the Australia Myanmar Institute, former Australian ambassador to Myanmar
  • Michael Sainbury, freelance journalist, Southeast Asia

A year ago, violence spiralled out of control in Myanmar causing 671,500 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh in a matter of months. Why? Did the army just drive these people out—is this a textbook example ethnic cleansing? Otherwise, what could possibly explain such a massive movement of people? What motivates and drives such horrific conflict? If we include those who had already fled, there are now 1.1 million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh. What are the prospects of their return? How should the international community respond, and what can we do about it?

This seminar includes the launch of Anthony Ware & Costas Laoutides’ new book Myanmar’s Rohingya Conflict. The seminar will address all these questions openly and point to detailed analysis of the issues in the book. The 3 discussants, who collectively have significant understanding across the situation, will respond to the presentation, to kick of a question and answer session with the audience.

Discount copies of the book will be available for sale.

What people are saying about the book:

  • ‘A very compelling rendering of a complex situation. The strength of the book comes from the effective presentation of different perspectives and the authors’ ability to approach arguments from multiple angles.’ Charles Petrie, former UN Assistant Secretary-General, and UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar
  • ‘An invaluable, must-read inquiry into the complexities and divergent perspectives of this seemingly intractable crisis. The authors are compelling and constructive in their recommendations, seeking to re-think pathways to constructive dialogue.’ Kelland Stevenson, Save the Children Myanmar Country Director, 2011–2016, and Plan International Country Director, 2016–present
  • 'Ware and Laoutides provide an important analysis for anyone looking for solutions to the crisis in northern Rakhine State. Well researched and eminently readable, it is highly recommended also for its examination of Myanmar’s governance today.’ Christopher Lamb, President, Australia Myanmar Institute
  • ‘Ware and Laoutides effectively weave together theory and empirical data to provide a compelling analysis of one of Asia’s most intractable and troubling conflicts. They conduct a critical yet fair study of the duelling histories put forward by Rohingya and Rakhine advocates, and offer useful policy prescriptions.’ Matthew J. Walton, Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

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Docklands, VIC 3008

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