New EBO Background Paper – The National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K)

My new Background Paper for the Euro Burma Office is now available via their website here.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K)

On 4 June 2015, a coalition of separatist rebels ambushed a convoy of Indian troops, from the sixth Dogra Regiment, in the country’s northeastern state of Manipur killing at least 18 soldiers and seriously injuring twelve others.

The soldiers were on patrol when they came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, and machine guns. The attack marks a further escalation of the conflict against the Indian army in the country’s northeast. Indian intelligence stated it suspected the involvement of the Myanmar based National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) and the United National Liberation Front, a Manipuri rebel group, in the joint attack. Shortly after, a press release from the NSCN-K stated that an elite unit of its guerrillas and those from its Manipuri allies, KYKL and KCP, had carried out the attack to uphold the cause of their sovereignty.

Praise for ‘By Force of Arms’

“Paul Keenan’s new book, By Force of Arms: Armed Ethnic Groups in Burma, is a remarkable compendium of data and analysis that begins to explain the intractable conflicts in and around the modern state of Burma. Keenan’s book is a tour-de-force in providing a comprehensive, scholarly description of the ethnic/indigenous forces that are fighting for their self-determination. In twenty-five years of teaching indigenous peoples’ politics and international relations, I have not found a more useful tool in teaching about conflict in this region. I am currently using this book in my courses, and I recommend it with enthusiasm.”

Professor Glenn T. Morris
Department of Political Science
Director, Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics, University of Colorado at Denver

By Force of Arms – Armed Ethnic Groups in Burma

by_force_of_armsYou are cordially invited to the book launch of

‘By Force of Arms – Armed Ethnic Groups in Burma’

By Paul Keenan

With a Foreword by Professor Kjell-Ake Nordquist
and an Introduction by Lian H. Sakhong

UNISERV CMU
(University Academic Service Centre)
239 Nimmenhemin Road, Suthep,
Muang Chiang Mai, 50200

On Tuesday, 4 December 2012 10.00 – 12.00

(Refreshments will be provided)

Coming Soon: A Gentleman’s Agreement – The Karen National Union’s negotiations with the Burmese Government (1949-2006)

Since the beginning of hostilities, officially declared on the 31st January 1949, the Karen National Union has consistently attempted to find an accommodation with the successive governments of Burma.

While initial discussions have centred on the recognition of a free Karen state of ‘Kawthoolei’ and the need to retain arms. Later talks, primarily those that began in 2004, sought merely to protect the Karen population and preserve some form of role for the organisation.

Based on official KNU minutes, records, and interviews with the KNU’s negotiators,  this document provides a rare insight into the process involved in trying to find a lasting peace.