Skip to main content

Myanmar-Rohingya Dominique Faget/Getty Images

The Roots of the Rohingya Crisis

The attacks on the Muslim Rohingya by the Myanmar army is the dreadful climax of decades of discrimination by the Buddhist majority. But there are deeper causes, which have alarming implications for the wider region.

Featured in this Big Picture

  1. Brahma ChellaneyBrahma Chellaney
  2. Dominique MoisiDominique Moisi

To continue reading, register now.

Subscribe now for unlimited access to everything PS has to offer.


As a registered user, you can enjoy more PS content every month – for free.


Handpicked to read next

Members of Islamist groups shout slogans Munir Uz Zaman/Getty Images

Myanmar’s Jihadi Curse

Brahma Chellaney

It is vital that Myanmar's military immediately halt human-rights abuses of Rohingya in Rakhine State. But it is also vital for the international community to reject the prevailing depiction of the current crisis, which fails to recognize the long history of violent extremism among Rohingya militants.

offers a corrective to the prevailing narrative about the Rohingya crisis in South Asia.

Edit Newsletter Preferences

Set up Notification

To receive email updates regarding this {entity_type}, please enter your email below.

If you are not already registered, this will create a PS account for you. You should receive an activation email shortly.