A Kachin perspective on insurgency, conflict, and elections in Burma by Kai Htang Lashi (Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the Kachin National Organisation)

  • All Souls College, Oxford OX1 4AL

Kai Htang Lashi is the spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the Kachin National Organisation (KNO), formed by exile Kachin in the wake of a ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Organisation/Army (KIO/A) and the Burmese military regime in the 1990s. Born in Lashio in northern Burma, a traditional stronghold of the KIO/A, her life has been significantly shaped by decades of armed conflict in her home community.

This talk will provide a Kachin perspective on the insurgent group KIO/A, which has been fighting for greater autonomy of Kachin State since the early 1960s. Kai Thang will discuss the shared agenda and the close working relations between the KIO/A and the KNO, the insurgents' decision in October 2015 not to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in the ongoing peace process and the expectations for the upcoming national elections in Burma on 8 November 2015.