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Andrew Ong

Dr Andrew Ong is an Associate Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. He earned a doctorate in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 2018.

Articles by Andrew Ong (4)

Ethnic Armed Organisations in Post-Coup Myanmar: New Conversations Needed

Andrew Ong

The widespread attacks on Tatmadaw troops by resistance forces have raised speculation that Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) could serve as a “wild card” that might decide the country’s fate. This is premature and creates a false impression of unity in intent.

Myanmar’s Armed Groups and the Military Coup: Involvement or Not?

Andrew Ong

Despite calls for them to get involved in a wider resistance against the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups are not casting their lots in yet. They have ample reasons for not doing so.

Covid-19 Reaches Myanmar’s Armed Periphery: A Silver Lining?

Andrew Ong

Covid-19 has reached Myanmar’s autonomous regions. But the Wa Region’s militarised nature and access to Chinese assistance might prove valuable in the fight against the pandemic.

New Fences on the China-Myanmar Border: Separation or Containment?

Andrew Ong

China has reportedly started erecting fences along its border with Myanmar. The move could be seen as a Chinese attempt to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in Myanmar, but some observers have alluded other motives to Beijing.