I have worked with local organisations in and around Myanmar/Burma since 2007, mostly as a researcher, trainer and advisor on issues related to security, governance, justice, forced migration and international aid. I have travelled and worked in many of Myanmar’s conflict-affected areas.
For over a decade, my work has specialised on the governance, justice and security bodies of ethnic revolutionary organisations. I have also focused on the structure, governance and repeated crimes of the Myanmar armed forces and wider security apparatus. I have published for local orgs, the UN, INGOs, think tanks peer-reviewed publications and others. See the ‘publications’ tab for my research on these topics and many more.
I am committed to helping friends and colleagues from Myanmar finally bring an end to military rule and build a political system based on ethnic equality and the right to self-determination. Since the military’s attempted coup in 2021, I have volunteered and provided pro bono support for a wide range of organisations and individuals seeking to end military dictatorship and establish a federal democracy.
I currently spend most of my time working for a local education and technical assistance programme, supporting the governance and public administration bodies of resistance organisations.
I have written policy guidance, provided training and assisted program implementation for local civil society, resistance organisations and community-based groups, INGOs, research institutions, think tanks, analysis firms, intergovernmental bodies and the UN.
I have an MA from King’s College, London’s War Studies Department and am currently undertaking a PhD in Politics focused on political authority and conflict in Myanmar.
I have written articles for IHS Jane’s, Asia Times Online, The Diplomat, Journal of Contemporary Southeast Asia Studies, Forced Migration Review, Frontier Myanmar, The Irrawaddy, The Myanmar Times, Mizzima News and the Democratic Voice of Burma, Oxford Tea Circle, Foreign Policy in Focus, US Institute for Peace Blog, SEA Globe, The Risky Shift, among others. I also have numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters to my name, about various aspects of ethnic conflict in Myanmar.
I worked as a film-maker and media trainer in the past.