Professor’s mission to launch scholarly journal in Burma now a reality

A Yale professor’s five-year quest to re-establish a tradition of rigorous scholarship and research in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has come to fulfillment with the publication of the first issue of the Independent Journal of Burmese Scholarship.

The life of independent public inquiry, open public debate, and open scholarship and research virtually ceased in Myanmar for a half century after 1962, when the military took over. In 2011 the ruling military junta officially dissolved itself, opening the way for a democratic transition and political “opening.”

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