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Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen
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Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen is a Political Scientist and Assistant Professor at the School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University. Dr. Kipgen's concentration is in Comparative Politics and International Relations. His general research interests include democratization, democratic transition, global/world politics, human rights, ethnic conflict, identity politics, and foreign policy. His academic research focuses on South Asia and South East Asia, with specialization on Burma/Myanmar.

Since 2013, Kipgen has served as a “country expert” on Myanmar for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), a collaborative academic research project of the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA). Dr. Kipgen was awarded scholarships by Open Society Institute, New York; Prospect Burma, London; and the U.S. State Department for his Masters and Doctoral programs. Dr. Kipgen is also a recipient of International Writing Award from Earth Community Organization, Canada.

Dr. Kipgen has published single-authored books in Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Oxford University Press, and Ruby Press; peer-reviewed academic articles in Social Research: An International Quarterly, World Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Ethnopolitics, Strategic Analysis, South Asia Research, Indian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly, and Asian Profile. He has also published over 100 articles in various leading international newspapers and magazines in five continents - Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. These include, among others: Foreign Policy Journal, Washington Times, Fair Observer, Huffington Post, International Peace Institute/Global Observatory, The Straits Times, The Guardian, Epoch Times, Jerusalem Post, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, The Statesman, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, New Zealand Herald, National Times, Asia Times, China Post, China Daily, Global Times, Japan Today, Korea Times, South China Morning Post, Indian Express, Journal of Turkish Weekly, Al-Jazeerah, The National, The Standard, Bangkok Post, Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globe, Manila Times, Brunei Times, Gulf Times, Gulf Today, Khaleej Times, Arab News, Phnom Penh Post, New Light of Myanmar, Myanmar Times, Malaysian Mirror, Bangladesh Today, The Daily Star, The Island, Asia Sentinel, Asia News Network, Asian Tribune, and The Irrawaddy. Dr. Kipgen has been invited as a political analyst by the Washington, DC-based Voice of America television and radio programs; Radio Free Asia; and the London-based British Broadcasting Corporation.

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Politics of 3 bills and 9 unburied bodies in Manipur

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 5:09 AM

By Nehginpao Kipgen, PhD

It has been 150 days since the killing of 9 civilians, including an eleven-year-old boy in Churachandpur, Manipur, Northeast India. The tribal or hill people, under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC), continue to demand for justice while the dead bodies lie...

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Peace Process Needs to Be Inclusive

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 12:27 AM

Myanmar has witnessed two historic agreements in the past 68 years: the Panglong Agreement (PA) of 1947 and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) of 2015. Both are important and significant agreements, especially concerning inter-ethnic relations and national reconciliation.

The PA was signed on Feb 12, 1947 in...

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Ethnic Armed Groups Split Over Truce

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:44 PM

How the nationwide ceasefire summit between the Myanmar government and the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) ended on Sept 29 will go down in the history of ethnic armed movement as a sad memory.

The organization failed to convince the Myanmar government to sign a ceasefire agreement with all ethnic...

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Manipur on the Brink

(6) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Just three days since I wrote "The fractious demand for ILP in Manipur" about the possible impact of constitutional changes imminent in the State, violence has erupted in the tribal districts after the Manipur Legislative Assembly passed three bills - Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, 2015, the Manipur Land Revenue...

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The Fractious Demand for ILP in Manipur

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 10:18 AM

Manipur has witnessed a series of protests starting in July this year, following demands for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the State. The protesters have demanded that the government introduce the ILP bill in the State Assembly. The agitation gained momentum after an 11th grade...

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Rebel Ceasefire Talks in Gridlock

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 10:44 AM

In an attempt to find a common ground for signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), representatives of 17 Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAO) met in Chiang Mai from Aug. 21-24, 2015 this year. Political dialogue is set to begin within 90 days of signing the agreement.

Similar meetings...

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Myanmar's Constitutional Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:55 AM

In what some thought could be a game-changer to Myanmar's political landscape, several constitutional amendments were voted down in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, or Union parliament, on June 25.

It was a crucial vote for the pro-democracy forces, especially the National League for Democracy (NLD), which hopes to see its leader,...

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Ceasefire Deal Welcome But Major Challenges Remain

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 9:33 AM

The people of Myanmar and the international community should congratulate the unflinching efforts taken by negotiators of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

On Tuesday, representatives from 16 Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs), army and government reached a tentative deal in Yangon, the formal capital of the country, which sets out a...

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State of Emergency Complicates the Peace Process in Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:53 PM

President Thein Sein, who is a former military leader himself, declared a three-month state of emergency in the Kokang self-administered zone in the northern part of Shan state, which shares border with China's Yunnan province.

The emergency rule, which was read out in national television on February 17, came after...

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Obama's Visit and Suu Kyi's Political Future

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 4:01 PM

President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar for a three-day visit on November 12. This is Obama's second trip to Myanmar in two years. His visit, in November 2012, was the first ever by a sitting U.S. president.

During his stay in the country, Obama will attend the Association of Southeast...

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What Message Must John Kerry Bring to Myanmar Leaders?

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:35 PM

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on August 9 for a three-day visit. The chief diplomat will meet government leaders and attend a series of meetings, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum and East Asia Summit.

In a...

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Strategizing Kukis' Political Demands

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:00 PM

The leaders of the two Kuki armed groups -- the United Peoples' Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organization (KNO) -- are again heading to New Delhi with the hope of materializing a political dialogue with representatives of the central government.

A meeting with officials of the Ministry of Home...

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Optimism on Myanmar's Transition

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:01 PM

I recently made a month-long (February 5 to March 4) research trip to Myanmar, also referred to as Burma by some countries. I had the opportunity of meeting elites from diverse political spectrum.

Among others, I sat down with the country's former Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt, the ruling Union...

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Easing India-Myanmar Border Dispute

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 12:17 PM

The bilateral relations between India and Myanmar have gradually shifted over the past two decades. A major change began with the introduction of India's "Look East" policy in 1991, triggering a shift from support of the then pro-democracy movement to the pro-military government.

By establishing full diplomatic ties with...

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Resolving Myanmar's Sectarian Violence Issue

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 5:16 PM

The sectarian violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in 2012 escalated to a larger conflict between Muslims and Buddhists in the central part of the country in 2013.

The violence has resulted in the loss of more than 200 lives and made over 140,000 people homeless. Despite the...

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Challenges to Myanmar reconciliation

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 7:24 AM

The first large meeting of ethnic minorities and the Myanmar government since the country's independence has raised hopes of a peaceful resolution of contentious issues.

The National League for Democracy (NLD) and ethnic-based political parties in Myanmar that participated in the 1990 general election may have boycotted the 2010 general...

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An Entrenched Military Role in Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:39 AM

September 18 marked the 25th anniversary of the last military takeover in Myanmar in 1988. That was the third major military intervention in the country's political history since its independence. At that time, the country was still officially called Burma. The government changed it to Myanmar the following year.

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A Lingering Memory of Ethnic Violence

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 2:07 PM

For the past several years, the Kukis of Manipur in Northeast India have been observing Sept. 13 as "Black Day" (Sahnit Nikho in local Thadou dialect) to remember the death of hundreds of Kukis during the Kuki-Naga clashes in the 1990s.

Sept. 13, 1993 was the highest number of Kukis...

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Burma's 8888: A Movement That Lives on

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:22 PM

The commemoration of the 8888 movement, a watershed moment in Myanmar's history, is an opportunity to build a more inclusive and democratically stable society

The 25th anniversary of Myanmar's historic 8888 Movement is being celebrated in Yangon from Aug. 6 to 8. The event has been organized by leaders of...

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Constitutional Changes Are for Myanmar's Own Good

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 12:22 PM

After years of advocacy efforts, the Myanmar government is beginning to act on its 2008 constitution. The parliament, a legislative body which is responsible for constitutional amendment, formed a 109-member committee on July 25 to review the country's constitution.

The committee includes lawmakers from Aung San Suu Kyi's National League...

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