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.
- Brahma Chellaney argues that Jihadists are one legacy of the fighting between ethnic Burmese and Rohingya that has gone on since the founding of an independent Burma.
- Dominique Moisi, too, says that the British and Dutch empires left scars that can reopen at any moment, and that ISIS will use the fate of the Rohingya to attempt to radicalize Asia’s Muslims.