Conflict Map

The Myanmar Conflict Map

The Myanmar Conflict Map is a platform for tracking, visualising, and analysing reports of violence in Myanmar. By highlighting specific conflict dynamics and isolating a set of six separate warscapes, the map gives readers a framework for understanding the nature and direction of what may seem like indistinct violence from afar. In subsequent updates, the map will illustrate the conflict’s grave humanitarian consequences for Myanmar’s population of over 50 million people, and geopolitical implications given Myanmar’s position between China, India, and the rest of Southeast Asia. A full discussion of our methodology is available here.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is an independent, international research institute which provides objective information on military, geopolitical and geo-economic developments that could lead to conflict.

Research Team

Aaron Connelly is the senior fellow for Southeast Asian politics and foreign policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), an independent international think tank headquartered in London. Based in the institute’s Singapore office, his research focuses on Indonesia, Myanmar, ASEAN, and US policy in the region. Prior to joining the IISS, Aaron was the first director of the Southeast Asia Project at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. Earlier in his career, he was a Fulbright scholar and visiting fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. Aaron is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. More information is available on the IISS website.

Dr Shona Loong is a researcher interested in conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and the politics of international development. Since completing her geography DPhil at the University of Oxford, she has been based at the University of Zurich as a senior researcher and lecturer in political geography. Shona has published with leading peer-reviewed journals Political Geography and Geoforum. She has also written and edited for various think-tanks, international organisations, and non-profit entities. Some of the organisations Shona worked with include the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, the Berghof Foundation, and UN Women Myanmar. More information is available on her website.

Brody Smith is a freelance information designer and creative developer with expertise in data visualisation, digital cartography, front-end development, and graphic design. He has designed and built web interactives for the IISS, the Lowy Institute, the Bob Brown Foundation, the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group , and the Youth National Security Strategy. Brody’s work has gathered hundreds of thousands of views and has been reported on by major news outlets including Axios, the Australian Financial Review, and the ABC. More information is available on his website.