About Me

As a political analyst and journalist, Kyaw Hsan Hlaing has (co)authored the dozens of articles on political transitions, ethnic politics, and issues related to armed rebellions and the 2021 military coup in Burma. He contributed as a guest writer for the Pulitzer Centre, focusing on intensive armed conflict in western Burma during 2018-20. His works have appeared in more than 20 international outlets, including TIME, Foreign Policy, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as ISEAS, Stimson Center, and USIP.

He is also a recipient of awards at the 2021 Human Rights Press Awards in Commentary Section, and the 2021 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for the Foreign Correspondence from the Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ). Additionally, he was a finalist of the 2021 Society of Publisher in Asia (SOPA) awards for the Excellence in Opinion Writing. 

His upcoming book, published by the University of Hawaii Press, is titled "Voices of Arakan: A Record of Struggle and Survival". Currently,  Kyaw Hsan, as an East-West Center-affiliated student, plans to complete his degree in Asian Studies at University of Hawai'i, Manoa this summer. You can reach him at kyawhsan at hawaii dot edu.

The Diplomat

Is Myanmar’s Civil War Pushing the Country Toward Fragmentation?

Resistance forces now face the challenge of building an ethnically inclusive and democratic state, something that no government in Myanmar has ever achieved. Today, Myanmar stands at a critical juncture in its history. The escalating losses of the Myanmar military due to the coordinated attacks by resistance forces and ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) throughout the country have ignited a pivotal debate, both nationally and internationally, about the country’s future trajectory. Is Myanmar heading toward Fragmentation and Chaos?
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