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9th September 2020

Navigating the Margins: Family, Mobility and Livelihoods Amo...

This paper describes the ways that individuals and families living in refugee camps in Bangladesh cope with hardship and displacement.


7th September 2020

The Scrap Over Loikaw’s Industrial Zone

The Kayah State government’s fast-tracking of a Chinese company’s proposal to invest tens of millions of dollars in a forgotten industrial zone in the...


2nd September 2020

COVID and Conflict in Myanmar’s Borderlands: A View from the...

The Covid-19 crisis has once again focused attention on political fragmentation in Myanmar, especially along ethnic divides.


11th August 2020

‘At Least the Illegal Routes are Safe’: Cattle Smuggling Mak...

The government’s experiment with live cattle exports upset the political economy in northern Shan State, where armed groups are heavily involved in th...


27th July 2020

Desperate and Debt-ridden, Mon Migrants Risk Journey Back to...

A lack of opportunities in Mon State has turned some migrants to smugglers to cross back into Thailand illegally.


23rd July 2020

The Kokang Casino Dream

Local politicians in a border region known for its frequent outbreaks of violence hope to transform it into the “next Macau”, but will have to overcom...


17th June 2020

The Government and Armed Groups Enforce a New Border Regime

The safe return of migrant workers from Thailand amid the pandemic has required an unprecedented degree of cooperation between the government and arme...


7th May 2020

Beyond Relief: Securing Livelihoods and Agency for Rohingya ...

An exploration of mobility, hardship, and livelihoods among refugee families living in the camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.


15th April 2020

Women for Peace in the “Land of Promise”

Wahida A. Abdullah

Mindanao, despite its legacy as a strife-ridden region, is still known to us as the “Land of Promise.”


14th April 2020

Peace and the Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Conflict i...

Adam Burke

Disasters and crises—floods, earthquakes, wars, and of course pandemics—shine an unforgiving light on society’s problems and tensions. As the Covid-19...


10th April 2020

How the Kayin BGF’s Business Interests Put Myanmar at Risk o...

Naw Betty Han

As the coronavirus spread around the world from China in February, the Kayin State Border Guard Force smuggled into Myanmar thousands of Chinese worke...


5th February 2020

Mapping the Rohingya Diaspora: Lessons From the Camps 

Kawsher Ahamed

A violent campaign of persecution has driven an exodus of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority from the northern state of Rakhine into neighboring count...


22nd January 2020

Afghanistan’s Borderlands: Unruly, Unruled, and Central to P...

In Games without Rules, author and former Asia Foundation colleague Tamim Ansary argues that bringing rural Afghanistan under centralized rule has bee...


4th December 2019

Braving the Waves: Gray-Market Trade and Maritime Security i...

Starjoan Villanueva

It’s business as usual for cross-border trade in the Sulu Archipelago, off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, where enterprising men and wome...


18th November 2019

Peripheral Vision: Views from the Borderlands – Fall 2019

Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Carn...


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