Ishrat Hossain


Ishrat Hossain

  • Short CV

    • Since 09/2020: Associate at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies

    • Since 10/2017: Expert Contributor, Oxford Analytica, UK

    • 04/2016 - 04/2020: Commonwealth Scholar, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK

    • 09/2018 - 09/2019: Cumberland Lodge Scholar, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK

    • 08/2014 - 02/2016: Head of Communications, UNDP, Bangladesh

    • 08/2013 - 07/2014: Political Adviser to the German Ambassador in Bangladesh, German Embassy, Dhaka

    • Education: DPhil Candidate in International Relations, University of Oxford; M. A. Department of International Relations, the Australian National University (First Class Honours’ and Department prize for best thesis); Endeavour Postgraduate Scholar (Masters), Australian Government Scholarship

    Current Research

    • Conflict and Security

    • South Asian Politics

    • Rohingya Crisis

    • Ethnic Violence

    • International Relations Theory

    • Researching Violence

    Countries and Regions

    • South & Southeast Asia

    Ishrat Hossain


    GIGA Talk | 05/11/2020

    Becoming More Authoritarian? Myanmar Ahead of the November 2020 Elections

    Becoming More Authoritarian? Myanmar Ahead of the November 2020 Eelections , Online event, Berlin Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Richard Roewer (Panelist), Ishrat Hossain (Panelist), Dr. Jasmin Lorch (Moderator), Achim Munz (Discussant)

    The second national elections since the end of military rule in 2010 are sparking new debates about Myanmar’s political future. Once heralded as a champion of democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which came to power in 2015, has become increasingly authoritarian. The military continues to block reforms by acting as a veto player in Parliament. Peace with the armed ethnic groups remains elusive, as highlighted by ongoing fighting between the military and the Arakan Army. Meanwhile, the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya has once again alienated Myanmar from the United States and Europe.

    Is the NLD still capable of pushing for meaningful democratic reforms? How do relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar affect the prospects of solving the Rohingya crisis? How much leverage does the international community still have over Myanmar? We will discuss these questions with experts with ample on-site experience.

    Dr. Jasmin Lorch

    Achim Munz


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