Southeast Asia

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) has extensive experience researching political violence and conflict in Southeast Asia.

Bagan, Myanmar ©Justinas Stankus
Bagan, Myanmar ©Justinas Stankus

To most, Southeast Asia evokes images of lush beaches and exquisite food. Yet, behind this exotic framing lies an exceptionally diverse and dynamic region that is characterized by fast socio-economic change and often sharp (violent) political contestation.

Often forgotten, Southeast Asia constituted the first frontline in the so-called War on Communism during the Cold War, leaving behind a region with a troubled and traumatic past.

Today, multiple countries are faced with the presence of armed secessionist movements, repressive state violence and fierce debates over the meaning of democracy, human rights and citizenship in the 21st century.

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