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This thesis investigates the causes of the protracted conflict in Burma/Myanmar, between the Buddhist Burmese majority and the Muslim Rohingya minority in northern Rakhine State within the framework of Edward Azar’s (1990) theory of Protracted Social Conflict (PSC). Considered as a critical challenge for global peace and security, the Rohingya crisis is a contemporary dilemma implying the world’s most persecuted and oppressed minority fleeing their homeland to escape deep-rooted violence. Thus, this study will provide a comprehensive analysis of the Rohingya case within Azar’s (1990) theoretical framework of PSC by focusing on two key phases; Genesis factors which, according to Azar (1990), are the four major preconditions to conflict and identified as communal content, deprivation of human needs, governance and the state’s role, and international linkages and Process Dynamics which are the conditions activating overt conflict; communal actions and strategies, state actions and strategies, and built-in mechanisms of conflict.


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Citation Formats
H. M. Kocamış, “The Rohingya minority in Burma/Myanmar: A case of protracted social conflict,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2019.