About the author
I am a writer and researcher focusing on civil conflict and the politics of Southeast Asia, and have written for online publications including The Diplomat, World Politics Review, Asia Sentinel, Geopolitical Monitor, Asian Correspondent, Eurasia Review and the Japan Times. I am currently the editorial assistant for The Pacific Review journal, and research civil conflict in the Philippines for the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) Armed Conflict Database (ACD). Previously I researched for Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) and studied an MA in International Relations at the University of Westminster.
About Asia Conflict Watch
Asia Conflict Watch is a blog providing in-depth news and analysis of armed conflict, terrorism and security-related issues in the Asia-Pacific region. I publish one in-depth feature focusing on a specific country or wider regional issue each month, with the aim of providing greater context to some of Asia’s more obscure conflicts and disputes.
In a saturated media environment in which conflict narratives are often simplified, this blog strives to offer more extensive analysis. Through more diverse reporting the issue of ‘media invisibility’ can be tackled: ‘forgotten conflicts’ can be made more visible, the parameters of debate can be extended, and new ways of understanding can emerge.
Note: The blog was first established in 2015 and initially covered under-reported conflicts across all continents under the name Geopolitical Conflict. These articles are still available in the archives and further down the homepage. As of mid-2017 the blog was re-named Asia Conflict Watch, and has since focused solely on the Asia-Pacific region.
The articles featured on Asia Conflict Watch are based on in-depth research drawing upon a wide range of source material from inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, media reports and official statements and press releases. The articles contain elements of the author’s opinion based on this research. Both the author and Asia Conflict Watch do not represent or seek to reflect the view or position of any third-party organization or group.