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Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State

Asia Report N°261, 22 October 2014

A Myanmar border guard walks near the border fence of Bangladesh in Maungdaw June 5, 2014.

The highly volatile situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State adds dangerously to the country’s political and religious tensions. Long-term, incremental solutions are critical for the future of Rakhine State and the country as a whole.

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Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State, Asia Report N°261, 22 Oct 2014

The highly volatile situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State adds dangerously to the country’s political and religious tensions. Long-term, incremental solutions are critical for the future of Rakhine State and the country as a whole.

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