The Tangled Web of Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis

Sep 14, 2017 | 11:10 GMT

Rohingya refugees walk through a camp in Bangladesh after arriving from Myanmar.

Rohingya refugees walk through a camp in Bangladesh after arriving from Myanmar. Nearly 400,000 Rohingya have fled the country in recent weeks.

(DAN KITWOOD/Getty Images)


  • Given that Myanmar's current political environment is dominated by the country's military, the Rohingya crisis will likely worsen even if the current military crackdown ends.
  • Buddhist nationalist and ethnic nationalist voices will continue to grow in the country, exacerbating the situation.
  • External condemnation will continue to come from leaders across the Muslim world.

Though the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist, it is also home to a variety of Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Christian groups, and the country has long been marked by powerful ethnic divisions. Its most recent conflict centers on the Muslim Rohingya population, a minority that Myanmar does not recognize as a valid ethnic group and whose members are not granted citizenship. After a group of Rohingya insurgents attacked 30 police and military outposts in late August, the military cracked down and violence has run rampant. It is estimated that nearly 400,000 of the country's 1.1 million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks alone. This massive exodus has spurred outcries from protesters and politicians across the Muslim world. But even if the current crackdown ends, the Rohingya's precarious position within Myanmar means their plight will not....

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