Dr. Sudha G. Rajput lives in Washington, D.C. A retired World Bank staffer, she received her doctoral degree from the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, for dissertation ‘Displacement of the Kashmiri Pandits: Dynamics of Policies and Perspectives of Policymakers, Host Communities and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)'. As the study of IDPs remains a less examined phenomenon, than the study of refugees , Dr. Rajput dedicated her research to the crucial task of investigating this phenomenon holistically, examining it from the perspectives of policymakers, host communities as well as those displaced. This blog is her platform to introduce her students and readers to the challenges of IDP policy making as well as the issues of IDPs displaced around the world. Here you will find emerging stories of conflict-induced displacement, reflecting policy framework, issues and new thinking on the topic. Her course 'Refugee and IDP Issue Analysis' at George Mason University exposes her students to myriad issues of both categories of displaced persons.

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Displacement in Burma – June 2013 situation

IDP in Kachin, Burma June 4, 2013 Cause of Displacement: (1) Tension between Burmese gov an ethnic Kachin rebels. (2) Burma’s military has been at war against Kachin rebels for decades, but both sides signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The conflict flared again up in June 2011 after the longstanding ceasefire broke down. Fighting …

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Displacement in Darfur (Sudan)

Darfur (Sudan) June 4, 2013 Context: plight of IDPs Note: original article (referenced below) Since 2003 everything in Darfur has changed, including the culture of the IDP camps, impacting the local social structure. Darfur has been suffering from a major transformation, a new style of life. Today, the IDPs depend greatly on national and international …

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Random thoughts

May 30, 2013 Syria: Do you think, it is right for the EU to lift the arms embargo on Syria? How do you think, the EU decision will impact the ongoing conflict parties (Syrian government, Syrian rebels, neighboring countries) >>>>>

Displacement in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Move in the right direction on issue of rights for those internally displaced.   “The House of Assembly has ratified the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons. The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons was signed in Kampala in 2009 and the …

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Displacement in Myanmar

Sudha Rajput: May 29, 2013, 4:49pm Extracted from source cited below My title for today’s post: Why the displacement in Myanmar: Myanmar’s 64 million people view the country’s 800,000 Rohingya as illegal migrants from what is now Bangladesh, and refer to them as Bengali. President Thein Sein has tried to contain violence against Rohingya, who …

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Oklahoma city – Tornado May 2013

Huge tornado levels Oklahoma City suburb, killing scores my comment: no mention of those displaced, what happened to those who lost their homes, where did they go, how are they houses, how long will they be displaced, who ensures that they return to their homes or new homes. full article from Washington Post here: By …

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Future of African Union – May 22 20113

Future of the African Union The AU has helped throw off colonialism and resolve conflicts since its birth in 1963. But can it answer the desire for democracy among many Africans?  The African Union (AU) is now 50 years old. Amid the celebrations this week, the AU – which was established as the Organisation of …

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News from Kashmiri Pandits

Sudha Rajput June 12, 2013, 7:07 pm Extracted from the story in Kashmir Times By P.N. Sus June 2013 The willingness shown for their [KP families] return and rehabilitation under the PMs package is more a mirage than a reality. These are the only occasions where we see such expression to show its existence. It …

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