Over the past two weeks, Myanmar authorities reportedly have arrested several men from Arakan/Rakhine State, claiming that they were planning to bomb mosques across the country. The reported plot, which comes on the heels of other bombings in October, highlights a serious problem. Myanmar now faces growing insecurity and rising disappointment among citizens that reform has not brought higher standards of living. Interethnic and interreligious unrest now threaten to halt reforms altogether, depress much-needed investment, and even lead to broader regional tensions.
In a new CFR Expert Brief, I analyze Myanmar’s fragile security situation, assess how the country’s insecurity threatens the region, and offer recommendations for policymakers in Myanmar and in leading donor nations. You can read the whole brief here.