Can Myanmar Avoid Conflict Pitfalls in its Hydro Blitz?

Commentaries and Op-eds January 26, 2016, New Security Beat

Myanmar has the lowest rate of electrification in Southeast Asia. Addressing the population’s energy needs is essential for economic development and alleviating poverty. However, tapping into the country’s rich hydropower resources through the building of mega-dams also has the potential to exacerbate social unrest, especially in ethnic minority areas where the peace process remains fragile.

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