Potential Hot Spots: June 8, 2002


For the past three days, fighting on the Myanmar (formerly called Burma)/Thailand border between Myanmar troops and rebels from the Shan tribes and caused 1500 Thai villagers to be evacuated. The Shan tribes have been in rebellion against the Myanmar government since World War II, when the government sided with occupying Japanese troops, while the Shan (and other tribes) sided with Britain (which had ruled Burma as a colony until driven out by the Japanese in 1942.) After World War II, Britain granted Burma independence, but the tribes in northern Burma refused to acknowledge the Burmese government. The ethnic animosity between the Burmese and the tribes goes back centuries. For most of the past fifty years, the fighting has been pretty low level, with the government either not able, or not convinced it was worthwhile, to subdue the tribes. Meanwhile, the tribal areas have become a major source of illegal drug production. This has brought international pressure on the Burmese to do something about the drug business in the tribal areas. In the last few years, the government has negotiated peace deals with some of the tribes, but not the Shan.


Article Archive

Potential Hot Spots: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close