About Me

Kyaw Hsan Hlaing is an upcoming Ph.D. student in the Government Department at Cornell University this fall. He is the author of dozens of articles on political transitions, ethnic politics, and issues related to armed rebellions and the 2021 military coup in Myanmar. 

His works have appeared in more than 20 international outlets, including TIME Magazine, Foreign PolicyThe Los Angeles TimesThe Globe and Mail, Nikkei Asia ReviewAl Jazeera, as well as ISEAS, Stimson Center, and USIPHe contributed as a guest writer for the Pulitzer Centre, focusing on intensive armed conflict in western Burma during 2018-20. He is also a regular contributing writer for The Diplomat. 

Currently, Kyaw Hsan, as an East-West Center-affiliated student, plans to complete his degree in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa this summer. 

Reach out at kyawhsan@hawaii.edu or kh827@cornell.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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