More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since late 2017, following what Amnesty International has called a targeted campaign of “systematic murder, rape and burning” by security forces. International Crisis Group President and former foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans, Asia editor of The Times Richard Lloyd Parry and Myanmar’s Enemy Within author Francis Wade discuss with The Guardian’s Ben Doherty how Myanmar’s leaders have turned on the Muslim population at a time when other citizens are beginning to experience freedoms unseen for half a century.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Francis Wade (International)

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Francis Wade is an independent journalist and author based in London, focusing on Burma/Myanmar and Southeast Asia. Between 2009 and 2012 he headed the English language team at the award-winning Democratic Voice of Burma news organisation in northern Thailand, and has since produced reportage and commentary from across South and Southeast for international titles including The Guardian, Washington Post, Time, Foreign Policy, New York Review of Books and Foreign Affairs. In recent years he has focused on the mass violence and democratisation in Myanmar. Wade is the author of Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other'.

Gareth Evans (Australian)

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Gareth Evans was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke-Keating governments for thirteen years, including as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and is now Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University. He co-chaired major international commissions on mass atrocity crimes and nuclear weapons, has won many national and international awards, and has written or edited thirteen books, most recently Inside the Hawke Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary and Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir.

Richard Lloyd Parry (International)

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Richard Lloyd Parry is a British author and award-winning foreign correspondent. Since 1995 he has lived in Tokyo, where he is the Asia Editor of London's The Times. He has reported from twenty-nine countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea. He has also contributed to the London Review of Books, Granta and the New York Times. He is the author of In the Time of Madness, an account of violence and black magic in Indonesia; People Who Eat Darkness, about the disappearance of British woman in Tokyo; and Ghosts of the Tsunami, about the 2011 disaster in Japan.

Ben Doherty (Australian)

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Ben Doherty is Immigration and Asia-Pacific Correspondent for The Guardian. He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for The Guardian, and South Asia correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is a three-time Walkley Award-winner, and was 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year. He holds a Master of International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and in 2015 was a Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Nagaland.