Elliot Brennan is an independent researcher. He previously worked as a Research Fellow with the Institute for Security and Development Policy’s Asia Program (Sweden). Elliot has also worked as the Southeast Asia Analyst for the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter (Australia), a contributor analyst at IHS Jane’s Intelligence, a non-resident WSD-Handa fellow with CSIS’ Pacific Forum (USA) and as a regular contributor with The Diplomat.
In 2015 and 2016 he worked with the Ceasefire Negotiation and Implementation Program at the Myanmar Peace Center and with the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee as Conflict Analyst and Early Warning Specialist.
In recent years, Elliot has led policy planning workshops with the German Foreign Office, led dialogues and roundtables in Asia, acted as advisor to the former prime minister of Somalia, lectured at Yangon University, National University of Singapore and Otago Foreign Policy School, and has been a panelist at conferences such as the German Marshal Fund’s India Trilateral Forum and SIPRI’s International Conference on Economics and Security.
Elliot is a regular commentator in international media, including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Financial Times, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC, Sky News, amongst others. His policy briefs and commentary have been widely translated into Burmese, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Vietnamese, amongst others.
Nestled between giants comprising half the global population, control or contagion in Myanmar has huge ramifications.
Demonstrating that forced re-education is not the answer may be the most effective way to end the practice.
Countries are struggling to navigate the issues – trying to please Beijing, the Uighurs, and respect human rights.