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Dr Lee Jones, A better political economy of the Rohingya crisis


Writing for The Daily Star, Dr Lee Jones critiques some of the analysis of the Rohingya crisis and the economic factors supposedly behind it. He writes: “While simple pecuniary motives can never be entirely discounted, particularly in Myanmar's borderlands, the political economy underpinning the current Rohingya crisis is far more complicated than is suggested in articles making a few sloppy references to megaprojects and land grabs. Ultimately, like Myanmar's other ethnic conflicts, it reflects the crisis-ridden nature of the Burmese state since its inception.”
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