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A Land That Has Yet To Heal: The Burmese Civil War (1948 – Present), Alexander G. Hernandez Feb 2014

A Land That Has Yet To Heal: The Burmese Civil War (1948 – Present), Alexander G. Hernandez

Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy - Student Research

Since its independence from Great Britain in 1948, the state of Burma has been at war with itself. Ethnic and religious tension fuel the conflict and has led to territorial disputes while no resolution to this strife is expected under a fragile and corrupt central government. Additionally, proxy wars have delayed any peaceful negotiations. The combinations of failing social welfare programs and prolonged peace talks have led many Burmese people join the military as soldiers in either the Burmese military or any one of the numerous ethnic paramilitary groups in the country. Human rights violations are common in Burma, including ...