About me

A Non-resident Fellow at The Sleuk Rith Institute, Cambodia’s Permanent Documentation Centre (on genocide and crimes against humanity), Maung Zarni or Dr Zarni has been a human rights campaigner for 3-decades. He co-authored, with Alice Cowley, the first academic study of the persecution of the Rohingya through the genocide framework entitled “The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya” (Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Spring 2014) {https://digital.lib.washington.edu/dspace-law/handle/1773.1/1377 }. In 2013 he served as a member of the panel of judges at the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka (PPT Sri Lanka). He has also helped 
establish PPT Myanmar in 2017, which will hold its final session in Kuala Lumpur in September 217. (http://tribunalonmyanmar.org/

Zarni combines honest scholarship with passionate activism in the fight against the rising state-sponsored racism against religious and ethnic minorities in what he calls “the Buddhist Triangle” (Burma, Sri Lanka and Thailand), for which he was honoured with “The Cultivation of Harmony” by the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s oldest interfaith organization. Zarni was educated at the universities of Mandalay (Burma), California, Washington and Wisconsin in the United States. He serves as an advisor to the newly established European Centre for the Study of Extremism at Cambridge, UK. 

Briefly as Assistant Professor of Educational Sociology, Zarni taught at Chicago's National Louis-University, and held teaching and/or research fellowships at the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur), Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UCL-Institute of Education, Harvard, Oxford and LSE. As a student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Zarni founded the Internet-based Free Burma Coalition spearheading the international boycott and divestment campaigns across 28 countries. He was a member of Georgetown Leadership Seminar (2004) and a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Program (2001-03). 

He has published extensively on Myanmar affairs, genocide, racism and violence. Distracted by his human rights activism, Zarni is outrageously behind the deadline of for his book on Burma (Yale University Press) which challenges the official Bama-centric and state-focused narratives of the country's affairs. 

He can be reached at fanon2005@gmail.com

See Zarni's LSE page here

See select publications and presentations.



(Forthcoming 2013/14) Life Under the Boot: 50 years of Military Dictatorship in Burma. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Ed. (2006) Active Citizens Under Political Wraps: Experiences from Myanmar/Burma and Vietnam. Berlin: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany.

Ed. (1997) Free Burma Coalition Manual: How You can Help Burma’s Struggle for Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights. Madison, Wisconsin: Free Burma Coalition.

Book Reviews

(September 2007) “Review of Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Justin Wintle, Hutchinson, 2007”, International Affairs, Chatham House, pp.1003-4.

(June 10, 2005) “Savvy Salt of the Earth, Not Cowed” (Review of Karaoke Fascism: Burma and the Politics of Fear by Monique Skidmore, U Penn Press, 2004 and Behind the Teak Curtain: Authoritarianism, Agricultural Policies and Political Legitimacy in Rural Burma/Myanmar by Ardeth Maung Thawngmung, Kegan Paul, 2004), The Times Higher Education Supplement, p. 29.

Book Chapters

(2012) 'Orientalisation and manufacturing of 'civil society' in contemporary Burma', in Zawawi Ibrahim (ed.), Social Science and Knowledge in a Globalising World, Kajang: Malaysian Social Science Association and Petaling Jaya: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, pp. 287-310.

(2011) “The Bottom-up Pursuit of Justice: The Case of Two Burmas,” in Martin Albrow and Hakan Seckinelgin (eds.), Global Civil Society 2011: Globality and the Absence of Justice. Palgrave-Macmillan: Basingstoke, Oxfordshire, pp. 206-220.

(Ed) (2010) “An Inside View of Reconciliation: Burma/Myanmar,” in Lex Rieffel (ed.), Burma/Myanmar: Outside Interests and Inside Challenges. Washington, DC.: The Brookings Institution, pp. 52-76.

(2007) “Confronting Burma/Myanmar’s Security Dilemma: An Integrated Approach to National and Human Security Issues,” in Helen James (ed.) Civil Society, Religion and Global Governance. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

(2006) “Thinking Politics Sociologically: Engaging with the State and Society in Vietnam and Myanmar/Burma” in Zarni (ed.) Active Citizens Under Political Wraps: Experiences from Myanmar/Burma and Vietnam. Berlin: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany, pp.189-200.

(2000) “Resistance and Cyber-communities: The Internet and Free Burma Movement,” in Ann DeVaney et al. (eds.) Technology and Resistance: Digital Communications and New Coalitions around the World. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 71-88.

With Michael W. Apple (2000) “Conquering Goliath: The Free Burma Coalition Takes Down PepsiCo,” in Geoff White and Flannery C. Hauck (eds.) CAMPUS, INC.: Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower. New York: Prometheus Books, pp.280-290.

NGO/Foundation Reports

(17 June 2011) “Review of the Country of Origin Information Report on  Burma.” Commissioned Report for The Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI), UK Border Agency, Home Office, UK.

(2009) “Dynamics of Peace-Making and Peacemakers in Burma", Commissioned Report .Berghoff Peace Foundation:  Berlin, Germany.

(October 2004) “Common Problems, Shared Responsibilities: Citizens’ Quest for Reconciliation in Burma/Myanmar,” A Free Burma Coalition Report. Berkeley, California.

Parliamentary Forums

“Burma’s 2010 Elections: Domestic and International Implications,” Chatham House and All-Chatham House and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights Group(PHRG),UK House of Commons, London, 23 March 2010.

"A New Engagement Approach to Burma: Scrutinizing the US Policy Shift and its Implications to the EU,” A Seminar, Swedish Riksdagen (Parliament), Stockholm, Sweden, 26 October 2009.

“BBC World Service and BBC World Parliamentary Briefing on Burma”, House of Commons, London, UK, 15 January 2008.

“DFID Assistance to Burmese Internally Displaced People and Refugees on the Thai-Burma Border,” House of Commons International Development Committee, London, UK, 12 June 2007.

Public Panels, Lectures and Talks

“Burma’s Democratic Transition: Hype and Reality”, Asian Muslim Activist Network, KL, Malaysia, 18 Sept 2012

“International Conference on The Plight of Rohingyas: Solutions", The Perdana Global Peace Foundation, KL, Malaysia, 16 September 2012  http://www.perdana4peace.org/

(With Amartya Sen et al) “Burma in Transition: Minorities, Human Rights, and Democratic Process”, Columbia University, New York, 14 Sept 2012 (Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in the Chair)

(with Robert E. Kelley, former IAEA Director), “Burma’s Nuclear Ambition and its Implications in the ASEAN Context”, 6th International Senior Diplomatic Training Course, KEMLU (Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Jakarta, 27 October 2010.

(with Robert E. Kelley), “Burma's March towards Nuclear Power: How Far from Reality?”, Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, Bangkok, 26 October 2010. 

“Democratic Transition in Myanmar/Burma: Prospects and Problems,” Law Faculty, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 20 October 2010.

"Burma and the General’s Election: Will it Improve Human Rights and Economic Development?", Burma Refugee Organization, Amnesty International Malaysia, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD), and Malaysiakini, Kuala Lumpur, 19 October 2010.

“Regressive Globalization: The Case of Burma,” LSE Summer Course on Civil Society and Globalization, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, 7 July 2010

“Framing the Burma Problem,” MSc International Relations Course, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, 2 March 2010.

(discussant) “BURMA: The Long Shadow of the Military Junta, Tan Sri Razali Ismail,” LSE IDEAS Southeast Asia International Programme lecture, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 6 October 2009.

(with Professor and Lord Anthony Giddens in the chair), “Opening Up Illiberal Regimes: Do Media and Communications Matter?,” Center for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK, 19 May 2009.

“Scholarship, Leadership and Activism: A Burmese Experience,” Oxford University PPE Society, The Oxford Union, Oxford, UK, 26 January 2009.

“Company Responsibilities in Countries with Human Rights Challenges,” European Council on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in collaboration with Business Humanitarian Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, 7-8 February 2008.

“Framing Burma/Myanmar”, Asia Colloquium, University of California -Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley, California, USA, 14 November 2007.

“Feeling Morally, Thinking Strategically,” Foreign Policy Studies Colloquium, Stanford University, 9 November 2007.

“Repression and Protest in Myanmar: What is To Be Done?,” A panel discussion co-sponsored by UC-Berkeley South East Asian Studies, Stanford University South East Asia Forum and Asia Society, Stanford, California, 18 October 2007.

Respondent (with Sir Adam Roberts in the chair), “Can Good Methods Overcome Difficult Circumstances? Generalizing the Conditions for Successful Civil Resistance”, paper by Dr Peter Ackerman, President of the Freedom House, Conference on ‘Civil Resistance and Power Politics, St Antony’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 15-18 March 2007.

“Burma/Myanmar: The Elephant and Six Blind Men”, Myanmar Society, School of Oriental and African Studies University of London, London, UK, September 2006.

Guest Speaker, “Orientalism and Burma/Media”, Friends of Le Monde Club, London, UK, November 2006.

“Researching Educational Change in ‘Under-Developed’ Societies Affected by Ethnic Conflicts: Lessons from Burma Studies,” Open Seminar Series 2004-05, University of London Institute of Education, London, UK, 19 May 2005.

“Nationalism, Education and State Building in Burma,” Southeast Asian Studies Program, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK, 5 May 2005.

“The Role of International Community in Burma’s Democratization,” Asia-Europe Center, Sciences Po, Paris, France, November 2004.

“Reflections on the Burmese Democracy Movement,” Burmese Refugee Scholarship Program Annual Retreat, Office of International Studies, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA, 1 August 2004.

“Political Progress in Burma,” University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT, USA, 29 March 2004.

“Leveling the Playing Field in Burma: A Critical Reflection,” The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance/IDEA, Stockholm, Sweden, 20 September 2003.

“Prospects for Social Change in Burma,” Center for South East Asian Studies, University of Munster, Munster, Germany, 18 September 2003. 

“Education and New Generation Leadership in Burma,” University of London Institute of Education, London, UK, 27 November 2002.

“Burma’s Need for Human Resource Renewal,” Center for Poverty Studies, the University of Philippines-Dilimann, Quezon City, Philippines, August 2001.

“Human Rights and Democracy in Burma,” Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, USA, 3 December 2000.

“The Plight of Burmese Scholars under Present Military Rule,” Scholars-at-Risk, University of Chicago

Human Rights Program and McArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA, 5-7 June 2000.

“The United States Policy toward Burma: The Sanctions Debate,” ARCO Forum of Public Affairs,
Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 12 April 2000.

“Burma’s 1988 Uprising and the Bloody Crackdown”, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, Fall 1993

National, Regional and International Conferences/Forums 

“A Critical Perspective on Policy and Public Communication,” the II Communications Policy World Summit, Quito, Equador, 13-15 April 2011.

“Burma’s Military-led ‘Democratic’ Transition to a Twilight Zone,” Conference on Democratization in Burma (Myanmar) and Implications for the World Today, Zakir Husain College, University of Delhi, India, 3-4 March 2011. (CANCELLED BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT)

“Burma's Transition to Twilight Zone,” Forum on Transitions in South East Asia, Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 5 October 2010

“Human Insecurity: Inter-state Migrants and Refugees from Burma,” Symposium on South East Asian Security (SSEAS):Non-­-Traditional Security Issues (NTS), US State Department and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 12-14 September 2010.

“Rural-Urban Tensions, Violence & Conflict Transformation: Thailand in Global Comparative Perspective.” Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 26-27 August 2010.

"Burma/Myanmar's Nuclear Question and Election Dynamics: Implications for ASEAN and Beyond", Burma Update Series, Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 28 July 2010

“Shifting Grounds in Burma/Myanmar? Dilemmas & Opportunities for the International Community,” Clingendael Asia Studies, the Clingendael Institute of International Affairs, The Hague, The Netherlands, 17 June 2010

“The post-‘election’ Future of Burma,” The George Orwell Prize Burma Forum, The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford, UK, 26 March 2010.

“Myanmar/Burma -Domestic Developments and International Responses,” Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 22 March 2010

“2010 Elections and Prospects for Democratic Change in Burma,” Burma Forum, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24 February 2010

“Delivering Justice: Bottom-Up Approaches,” International Workshop on Global Civil Society and Justice, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 January 2010.

"Myanmar/Burma: Outside Interests, Inside Challenges," Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, 30 October 2009.

“Burmese in Europe: Promoting Partnership for Transition in Burma,” Burma Center Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 15-16 September 2009.

“Outlook for Myanmar in 2007”, Regional Outlook Forum, Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore, 3-4 January 2007.

“Active Citizens under Political Wraps: Experiences from Myanmar/Burma and Vietnam”, the Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore, ISEAS, Singapore, 5 January 2007.

“Thinking Politics Sociologically: Engaging with the State and Society in Vietnam and Myanmar/Burma”, at the roundtable entitled Societal and Political Change in Vietnam – An Instructive Example for Myanmar?, Heinrich Boll Foundation and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany, 31 March -1 April 2006.

“Confronting Burma’s Security Dilemma: An Integrated Approach to National and Human Security Issues,” International Conference on Civil Society, Religion and Global Governance, The National Institute of Social Sciences and Law, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1-2 September 2005.

“Advancing the Cause or Fueling the Conflict: International Community and Burma’s Political Deadlock,” A Seminar on Burma sponsored by the Olaf Palme International Centre and the College of Malmo, Malmo, Sweden, 26 November 2004.

“Prospects for Democratic Change in Burma,” Bi-Annual Meeting of the Association of Burma Studies, Northern Illinois University, USA, 23-24 October 2004.

“The State of Education in Burma and Prospects for Change,” International Conference on Burma Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-24 September 2002.

“Higher Education and Pro-Democracy Movement in Burma,” Higher Education for Peace, University of Tromso and Norwegian Council on UNESCO, Tromso, Norway, 4-6 May 2000.

“The Role of Students in Burmese Politics,” The Hague Appeal for Peace, Civil Society Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, 11-15 May 1999.

(with Prof. Charles Ogletree in the chair), “The Internet at the Millennium and the Politics of Inclusion,” The Second International Harvard Conference on Internet and Society, Cambridge, MA, USA, 26-29 May 1998. 

"The Internet and Free Burma Movement: Resistance and Cyber-communities." Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, USA, March, 1997.

“The Nationalization of Education in Burma: A Radical Response to the Capitalist Development?” Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, USA, 18-22 April 1995.

“Schooling and Resistance in Burma,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Boston, MA, USA, March 1994.

“Inequality in Burmese Education: An Inter-disciplinary Perspective,” Northwest Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada, June 1993.

1 comment:

  1. highly appreciated n warmly welcome to the champion of truth revelation of 21st century around the world, sir Dr. zarni. sir my appeal to u not be chastised to hear the silly creaming of uncivilized,immoral,impolitic,
    illiterate people of myanmar who are drown into the darkened well of racism.sir we, the truth lovers salute to u again for ur tackling the cowardliness by bravery.actually most of the Myanmarese today are not in the people list by wise saying: all are not people that are in the coat.let's cast poll for Noble peace price laureate nomination of upcoming one n it is tragedy to be awarded such priceless awards to depraved minded ones like the pseudo democracy champion, madam daw suu..


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