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March 21st, 2013

MEDIA ALERT: Religious Rioting in Central Myanmar Leaves Five Dead

 

At least five people are dead following two days of religious clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in the central Myanmar city of Meikhtila. (Sources: New York Times, Washington Post)

 

Analysts Available for Comment

Robert A. F. “Tenzin” Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, the President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, and Editor-in-Chief of the Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences. The New York Times recently hailed him as “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.”

CONTACT:robert.thurman@theglobalexperts.org
Location: New York, USA
Language: English, French, Tibetan

Dr. Anna Halafoff is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG) at Deakin University, the co-coordinator of The Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA) Sociology of Religion Thematic Group, and the secretary for the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR).  Anna is an expert in the fields of multifaith relations, religion and peace building.
CONTACT: anna.halafoff@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Melbourne, Australia,
Language: English, Russia

Catharin Dalpino is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and a former Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on Southeast Asian security, regional relations and domestic politics.
CONTACT: catharin.dalpino@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Language: English

Charu Lata Hogg is a Fellow of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. She has led research on cross-cutting political and human rights issues in South Asia, Afghanistan and Myanmar during work with Chatham House. She is the former South Asia Researcher for Human Rights Watch, and has worked in India and Sri Lanka for over 12 years.
CONTACT: charu.hogg@theglobalexperts.org
Location: London, U.K.
Languages: English, Hindi

 

Abdulaziz Sachedina is a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and is an expert in interfaith relations and religious affairs, especially related to Islam.
CONTACT: abdulaziz.sachedina@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Middle East, North America
Languages: Arabic, English, French

 

Dr. Farish A. Noor is the Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University; where he is part of the research cluster ‘Transnational Religion in Southeast Asia’. His weekly columns appear in several regional newspapers in Southeast and South Asia. Dr. Noor has also been a radio essayist for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio.
CONTACT: farish.noor@theglobalexperts.com
Location: Singapore
Languages: English, French, Indonesian

Dr. William F. Vendley has served as Secretary General of Religions for Peace since 1994. He serves as the organization’s chief executive officer, overseeing the international secretariat in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He has led negotiations that have helped to prevent conflicts from developing, mediate peace among warring parties and rebuild societies in the aftermath of violence across the world.
CONTACT: william.vendley@religionsforpeace.org
Location: New York
Languages: English

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