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Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Asia Rears its Ugly Head

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This opinion piece argues that the current violence between Asian Muslims and Buddhists is not religiously motivated — i.e., the true causes are land disputes and aggressive nationalism. What to do then? Well, at a minimum the area’s governments might want to apply the rule of law equitably and ensure a prudent separation between church and state.

To download full article click here: http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Publications/Detail/?lng=en&id=167346

International Relations and Security Network
ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Author:
Michael Vatikiotis

Posted by on July 30, 2013. Filed under Asia,Myanmar,Sri Lanka,Thailand. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

One Response to Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Asia Rears its Ugly Head

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    July 30, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Similarly as the ‘Shiah-Sunni’ conflict in Iraq and Syria. In Syria it is a power play between Iran and Saudi Arabia (with USA and Israel behind the scenes). In Iraq it is a power play between the Sunnis who lost political power and the Shiahs who gained it (with Iran and Saudi Arabia in the background). There is never any religious dialogue.

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