The exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's western Rakhine state has created one of the world's most urgent refugee crises and perhaps the most pressing humanitarian challenge to face Asia over recent decades. Estimates suggest that as many as 600,000 have left Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh over recent months, following a military crack-down in the aftermath of attacks by Rohingya militant groups.
Media commentary of the crisis has focused on allegations of ethnic cleansing, which have been strongly denied by Myanmar's government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. However, both the deeper causes of the current problems and what now needs to happen to resolve the crisis remains little understood.
This event will focus on both of these issues — what caused the current events, and what now needs to be done to bring it to an end? — with together an expert panel with direct experience of Myanmar and attempts to resolve similar humanitarian crises in other parts of the world.