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Myanmar: A Political History

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Myanmar, since its independence from the British in 1948, has witnessed decades of military dictatorship, a plethora of ethnic and political problems, and an arduous struggle to political normalcy and democracy. Reinventing its place in international trade, diplomacy, and geo-strategy, Myanmar today presents a complex picture—and how it engages with its own history plays an important part in this process of transformation. 

Myanmar: A Political History examines the politico-historical antecedents of contemporary Myanmar: from colonial rule to the establishment of its first civilian government; the subsequent fall into military dictatorship; and the transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic government. Kipgen weaves in its relations with the United States, Myanmar’s political, economic, and military connect with China; India–Myanmar relations in the context of India’s Look East policy; and Myanmar’s cooperation problems on human rights within the ASEAN. Lucid and well researched, this book is a valuable guide to those interested in the future of Myanmar as well as South and Southeast Asia, to understand the historical knowledge as to how different political actors played differing roles in the country’s transition across governments.

Additional Information
  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (25 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199466300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199466306
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.3 x 14.7 cm
About the Author

Nehginpao Kipgen is an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, JindaI School of International Affairs. Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen, an American citizen, is a Political Scientist whose concentration is in Comparative Politics and International Relations. His general research interests include democratization, democratic transition, global/world politics, human rights, ethnic conflict, identity politics, and foreign policy. His academic research focuses on South Asia and Southeast Asia, with specialization on Burma/Myanmar. He has presented papers and served as a discussant in several international academic conferences, including International Political Science Association (IPSA) and International Studies Association (ISA). 
 

Nehginpao Kipgen is an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, JindaI School of International Affairs. Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen, an American citizen, is a Political Scientist whose concentration is in Comparative Politics and International Relations. His general research interests include democratization, democratic transition, global/world politics, human rights, ethnic conflict, identity politics, and foreign policy. His academic research focuses on South Asia and Southeast Asia, with specialization on Burma/Myanmar. He has presented papers and served as a discussant in several international academic conferences, including International Political Science Association (IPSA) and International Studies Association (ISA). 
 

Dr. Kipgen has taught courses on Politics of Southeast Asia, Introduction to International Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Democratization, Foreign Policies of Southeast Asian Countries, Myanmar Government and Politics, and Academic Writing. He is also keen to offer courses, such as Introduction to Political Science, World Politics/Global Politics, International Organizations, Ethnic Conflicts and Identity Politics, Human Rights, American Foreign Policy toward Asia/Southeast Asia, and India’s Act East Policy.

 

Since 2013, Kipgen has served as a “country expert” on Myanmar for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), a collaborative academic research project of the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA). Dr. Kipgen was awarded scholarships by Open Society Institute, New York; Prospect Burma, London; and the U.S. State Department for his Masters and Doctoral programs. Dr. Kipgen is also a recipient of International Writing Award from Earth Community Organization, Canada. 

 

Dr. Kipgen has published single-authored books in Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Oxford University Press, and Ruby Press; peer-reviewed academic articles in Social Research: An International Quarterly, World Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Ethnopolitics, Strategic Analysis, South Asia Research, Indian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Profile, and Asian Affairs. He has also published over 150 articles in various leading international newspapers and magazines in five continents - Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. These include, among others: Foreign Policy Journal, Washington Times, Fair Observer, Huffington Post, The World Post,  International Peace Institute/Global Observatory, Nikkei Asian Review,The Diplomat, The Straits Times, The Star, New Straits Times, The Guardian, Epoch Times, Jerusalem Post, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, The Statesman, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, New Zealand Herald, National Times, Asia Times, China Post, China Daily, Global Times, Japan Today, Korea Times, South China Morning Post, Ming Pao, The Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Telegraph, The Wire , Journal of Turkish Weekly, Al-Jazeerah, The National, The Standard, Bangkok Post, Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globe, Manila Times, Brunei Times, Gulf Times, Gulf Today, Khaleej Times, Arab News, Phnom Penh Post, New Light of Myanmar, Myanmar Times, Malaysian Mirror, Bangladesh Today, The Daily Star, The Island, Asia Sentinel, Asia News Network, Asian Tribune, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, and The Irrawaddy. Dr. Kipgen has appeared for a Washington, D.C.-based Voice of America television and radio programs, Radio Free Asia, a London-based British Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Radio National (Australia), and India-based Lok Sabha TV, and WION television.


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