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The ‘Lucky’ Ones: Land, Citizenship, and Inequality in the Wa Self-Administered Division
T.note n. 40 (RISE Series #6)

Aug 12, 2017 T.notes Naomi Hellmann Changing World Politics

In the Wa autonomous areas that run along the Sino-Burmese border, disparities in material wealth raise important questions about land ownership.

Opium and ‘Development’ in Myanmar: the political economy of a resurgent crop
T.note 39 (RISE Series #5)

Aug 4, 2017 T.notes Patrick Meehan Changing World Politics

Shan State is the source of over 95 percent of opium in Southeast Asia. Over the past three decades, demand for and addiction to opium derivatives has risen dramatically in the region, often with devastating effects for communities throughout Myanmar.

Fine-tuning Myanmar’s so-called ‟ethnic conflict”: a side note to the 21st Century Panglong Conference
T.note n. 38 (RISE Series #4)

Jul 28, 2017 T.notes Karin Dean Changing World Politics

The 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference attests to the most contemporary relevance of the country’s historic planning by exploiting the name Panglong in its title. Yet, what this will entail for the future of ethnic nationalities in contemporary Myanmar is still unclear.

Can the NLD claim the high ground?
T.Note n.37 (RISE series #3)

Jul 25, 2017 T.notes Nicholas Farrelly Changing World Politics

Since the National League for Democracy's landslide November 2015 election victory, discussions on Myanmar's future have taken an interesting turn. Once again, Aung San Suu Kyi is confronted with challenges that could potentially jeopardize her moral and political authority.

Why Institutions of Security Can Fail to Provide Experiences of Security
T.Note n.36 (HS series #5)

Jul 21, 2017 T.notes Gearoid Millar Violence & Security

Institutions of security are critical for peaceful governance in states throughout the world. It is for this reason that so much funding is devoted to Security Sector Reform (SSR) in post-conflict peacebuilding. However, do such processes result in experiences of security?

The End of Europe as We Know It?
T.Note n.35 (TIC series #3)

Jul 17, 2017 T.notes Rebecca Arcesati Global China

As 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the very project of European integration faces challenges and uncertainties.

Why Myanmar’s ethnic minorities lose faith in federalism and peace
T.Note n.34 (RISE series #2)

Jun 29, 2017 T.notes David Brenner Changing World Politics

For years, most of Myanmar’s ethnic minorities, including the Kachin, have put their faith in Aung San Suu Kyi to reconcile the country. Her landslide victory in the country’s historic 2015 elections, was not least secured through the support from ethnic minority voters. As armed conflict has continued and even intensied since Aung San Suu Kyi’s rise to power, many of these erstwhile supporters feel betrayed.

Identity manipulation and spontaneous mobilization: the persistence of low-intensity conflict in the Rwenzori region
T.Note n.33 (HS series #4)

Jun 27, 2017 T.notes Stefano Ruzza Violence & Security

Among the violent events that have affected – and unfortunately still affect – Uganda, a prominent place is undoubtedly occupied by the insurgency in the northern regions, the key figure of which is the infamous Joseph Kony. Less well known, also due to lower levels of violence, are the vicissitudes affecting the western portion of the country, in particular the region called Rwenzori.

Sustainable Development in China – Reducing Inequality
T.Note n.32 (TIC series #2)

Jun 23, 2017 T.notes Nico Wrobel Global China

In an effort to foster inclusiveness in the workplace for people with disabilities, a group of Chinese NGOs call for greater government support. Individual awareness and commitment to the cause, however, may prove to be just as essential.

From iron ore to beams: Chinese buyers, overseas real estate, and infrastructure assets
T.Note n.31 (CMBP Series #5)

Jun 20, 2017 T.notes Edoardo Agamennone Global China

The seemingly never-ending flow of real estate purchases made by wealthy Chinese in premium locations, and the overseas investments in infrastructure made by Chinese firms and funds have something in common. While they are the effects of issues troubling the Chinese economy, they are also causes of the distortions currently affecting developed economies.

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