The politics of protection in Burma: Beyond the Humanitarian Mainstream

Ashley South*

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    This article explores how people living in areas of Burma/Myanmar affected by armed conflict (Karen populations in the southeast) and natural disaster (Cyclone Nargis in the Irrawaddy Delta) understand "protection" and act to minimize risks and protect themselves, their families, and communities. What do vulnerable people seek to protect, and how do they view the roles of other stakeholders, including the state, non-state actors (armed and political groups), community-based organizations, and national and international aid agencies? Are these viewed as protection actors, or sources of threat-or a mixture of both?.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)175-204
    Number of pages30
    JournalCritical Asian Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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