“Paul Keenan’s new book, By Force of Arms: Armed Ethnic Groups in Burma, is a remarkable compendium of data and analysis that begins to explain the intractable conflicts in and around the modern state of Burma. Keenan’s book is a tour-de-force in providing a comprehensive, scholarly description of the ethnic/indigenous forces that are fighting for their self-determination. In twenty-five years of teaching indigenous peoples’ politics and international relations, I have not found a more useful tool in teaching about conflict in this region. I am currently using this book in my courses, and I recommend it with enthusiasm.”
Professor Glenn T. Morris
Department of Political Science
Director, Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics, University of Colorado at Denver
‘By Force of Arms – Armed Ethnic Groups in Burma’
By Paul Keenan
With a Foreword by Professor Kjell-Ake Nordquist
and an Introduction by Lian H. Sakhong
(University Academic Service Centre)
239 Nimmenhemin Road, Suthep,
Muang Chiang Mai, 50200
On Tuesday, 4 December 2012 10.00 – 12.00
(Refreshments will be provided)
Two new briefing papers for the Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies, Peace and Reconciliation are now available in the writing section.
Since the beginning of hostilities, officially declared on the 31st January 1949, the Karen National Union has consistently attempted to find an accommodation with the successive governments of Burma.
While initial discussions have centred on the recognition of a free Karen state of ‘Kawthoolei’ and the need to retain arms. Later talks, primarily those that began in 2004, sought merely to protect the Karen population and preserve some form of role for the organisation.
Based on official KNU minutes, records, and interviews with the KNU’s negotiators, this document provides a rare insight into the process involved in trying to find a lasting peace.
The report, based on interviews with people in exile and inside Burma, documents the voices of ethnic people and the problems they have continued to face under successive Burmese regimes. The report seeks to throw further light on the constant inequality felt by the various ethnic people in areas under government control and those areas where conflict continues to erupt.
In addition to the report’s release, the Ethnic Nationalities Council – Union of Burma will have three representatives available to answer questions in relation to the current ethnic situation in the country.