Covid-19 and Complex Conflicts: The Pandemic in Myanmar's Unsettled Regions   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "This report is a compilation of briefings on how Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has affected conflict in Myanmar. It presents an initial overview of key dynamics and events during the pandemic's first wave, followed by three case study chapters covering Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States. Exploring a wide range of topics, from the impact of lockdown measures on local livelihoods to geopolitical competition which has complicated the response to Covid-19, this report aims to inform domestic and international policymakers, donors, civil society leaders, and others engaging with both the pandemic and conflict issues in Myanmar. Written originally as a series of short papers to inform pandemic response efforts, each chapter of this report offers a present-tense summary of events and risks as the health crisis unfolded. The chapters focus on areas of Myanmar suffering from entrenched and long-term conflict. Since the military takeover of government on 1 February 2021, these regions, and much of the rest of Myanmar, continue to be paralyzed by strikes and protests which have shuttered public institutions and businesses, plunging urban and rural communities into levels of economic stress not seen in decades. Political tensions in Myanmar are extremely high, with ousted democratic lawmakers and elected officials in exile operating a parallel governance structure that commands popular support and growing legitimacy both domestically and internationally."

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