In Myanmar, Conflicts Over Land and Natural Resources Block the Peace Process

by Kevin M. Woods

East-West Wire

Publisher: Honolulu, HI: East-West Center
Publication Date: 29 January 2019
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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As the Myanmar government embarks on a national peace process, questions loom large over who has ownership rights over what resources and how these resources can be shared more equitably with the local and wider population. Conflict over the control of land and natural resources is particularly pressing in Myanmar’s resource-rich ethnic territories near the borders with China and Thailand. A more robust, accountable, and equitable system for managing resource wealth in these areas is critical if the country is to achieve a lasting peace.