IE School of International Relations Blog – Article UN in Myanmar

The IE School of International Relations asked me to write a short article related to my field of research, so I wrote this op-ed on the UN’s role in the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. You can also find it here.

Rohingya Crisis and UN involvement: Why Pragmatism is Key to Humanitarian Resolve

The United Nations’ half-hearted response to the Rohingya crisis[1] in Rakhine State (Myanmar) is disappointing, but unsurprising. The Security Council’s failure to act decisively to react to today’s fastest growing humanitarian crisis is reminiscent of its attitude towards similar crises since the 1990s across the world. Despite the ever-extensive toolbox of UN policy makers to deal with large-scale human rights violations, ethnic cleansing campaigns, and acts of genocide, the Rohingya crisis reminds us of the fact that human security is always secondary to political interests. There is no use for idealism. Pragmatism is key.

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