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English Teaching Fellow
What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Aid, Cities, Democracy, Development, Diplomacy, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Gender, Globalization, Governance, Health, Human Rights, Justice, Migration, Peace, Poverty, Security, Sustainability, War, Youth
Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
I am a recent graduate of Dartmouth College, where I studied Government and Spanish. Currently, I work as an English Teaching Fellow at a public high school in Colombia. While my blog focuses on Burmese politics, I have a wide range of research interests, including issues of global health equity and Latin American politics. As a Presidential Scholar at Dartmouth, I worked as a research assistant in the Government Department studying Burmese rebel governance. I also received high honors in Government for my thesis entitled “Mano Dura Doesn’t Win: Examining the Effectiveness of Anti-Crime Platforms in Latin American Presidential Campaigns”. I love to travel and have worked/studied in China, England, Argentina, and Colombia!

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The Problems with Burma's Upcoming "Landmark" Elections

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 4:00pm 2 Comments

 

As November 8th approaches, news and commentary about the “landmark” Burmese general elections are picking up. As usual, I have my own thoughts about the growing buzz surrounding Election Day.

Let's start off with some quick background information. The upcoming November 8th election in Burma is widely considered to be one of the most important political events in the nation’s history. The authoritarian regime, still warring with several ethnic rebel…

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Political Prisoner for a Day: Why Small-Scale Crackdowns Still Work

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 1:12am 0 Comments

The past week has confirmed that despite the Burmese government's made-for-export show of reforms, there is still no such thing as political freedom in Burma. Yet, you probably haven't read anything about the nation's ongoing (but increasingly repressed) student protests in this week's headlines. That's largely because the regime has responded in such a way that is threatening enough to stifle dissent at home, but not violent enough to invoke international outrage. This is the "sweet spot"…

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Why I’m Following the Burmese Student Protests, and the US Government Should Be Too

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 12:30am 1 Comment

Over the past few months, the world has largely overlooked a series of peaceful protests by Burmese students that began in November, coinciding with President Obama’s visit to the Southeast Asian nation. The students are protesting the country’s new National Education Law, which maintains close, centralized government control of the nation’s educational institutions and limit students’ freedom of association (read more…

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Burma and the Ethics of Engagement

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:30am 6 Comments

A question I've been grappling with lately concerns engagement with foreign governments that systematically violate human rights. When foreign governments are behaving badly, should we engage with them and try to encourage reform, or sanction them and cut off ties? Is engagement the path to reform, or does it merely reward bad behavior? While this dilemma is central to many foreign affairs situations, this post will focus on…

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