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Featuring Professor Miemie Winn Byrd, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Enduring armed conflicts between Burma’s ethnic groups have impeded efforts toward a cohesive nation-building process.
Burma is home to numerous ethnic groups that descend from four major ethnic groups – Mon-Kamer, Tibeto- Burman, Tai (Shan), and Karen (Kayin). Despite centuries of continuous contact, geographical barriers between the different groups resulted in the development of separate cultures, dress, and languages. Divisions between the ethnic groups, fueled by a colonial legacy, led to misunderstanding and tension amongst the majority and minority groups in Burma, causing one of the longest running insurgencies in the world. Prof. Byrd will provide an overview of this issue.
Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd is an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies with a specialization in U.S.-Burma relations. She is also a civil affairs officer in the reserves. Dr. Byrd has served as a linguist and cultural advisor to the U.S. delegations attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum; POW/MIA recovery negotiations in Burma; and Operation Caring Response to Cyclone Nargis. She earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Open to the public
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