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Research Papers

Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies. "The Conflict in Kachin State: Time to Revise the Costs of War?" Briefing Paper 2 (2012).
Summary: This paper examines the costs of Kachin conflict. Specifically, it looks at the role of the United Nationalities Federal Council, the Kachin Independence Organization and the causes leading to the breakdown of the ceasefire agreement.
Transnational Institute and Burma Centrum Netherlands. "The Kachin Crisis: Peace Must Prevail." Burma Policy Briefing 10 (2013).
Summary: "As 2012 progressed, perceptions of the real nature of change under the Thein Sein government were challenged by a series of disturbing events in which serious violence and mass displacement of civilians occurred in several parts of the country." [Author]


A Tentative Peace in Myanmar’s Kachin Conflict. New York: International Crisis Group, 2013.

Purpose: Examination of the peace agreement signed between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organisation.

Content: "This briefing examines the peace agreement signed between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organisation. More specifically, it argues that a long-lasting peace in Kachin state will depend on multiple factors -- repositioning troops, establishing effective monitoring mechanisms, developing an equitable peace economy, and promoting broad multiparty political dialogue among all the groups involved in the conflict." [International Relations and Security Network]

Smith, Matthew F. "Untold Miseries": Wartime Abuses and Forced Displacement in Burma's Kachin State. New York: Human Rights Watch, 2012.

Purpose: To report on the attack on the Kachin villages.

Content: This report describes how the Burmese army has attacked Kachin villages, razed homes, pillaged properties, and forced the displacement of tens of thousands of people. 



Ah-Noh, Kachin Women’s Association. "Women, Violence, and Burma: Reporting from the Frontlines in Kachin State." Interview by Zaynab Nawaz and Meghan O’Connor, Open Society Foundations, April 09, 2013.

Purpose: To report on the effect of conflict on the people and women in particular.

Main Issues: The conflict has led to an increase in human rights violations against Kachin people in Burma, especially by the Burmese army. In this context, sexual violence against ethnic women has been used as a weapon of war.


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