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Crossing the Line: India and Myanmar
Episode 627th September 2021 • Deep Dive: Exploring Organized Crime • Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
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In this episode we tell the story of a region, the "Seven Sisters", otherwise known as the Indian Northeast and one town in particular, Moreh, and the relationship with neighbouring Myanmar.

Moreh sits just on the Indian side of the border and has become a hub for multiple illicit flows that pass through - timber, gold, firearms, wildlife, counterfeits, people, and illicit drugs.

The Indian Northeast is undeveloped and has suffered multiple insurgencies over the decades. Often forgotten by governments who have eyes squarely focused on the giant neighbour to the North, China, and the geostrategic games taking place between the world's two most populous nations.

Underpinning it all is the uncertainty of the brutal military coup in Myanmar in February this year.


Prem Mahadevan, Senior Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Thin Lei Win, Burmese journalist, living and working in Europe

Dr Ajai Sahni, Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management

Nicholas Farrelly, Professor and Head of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania in Australia

This podcast is based on the paper: Crossing the Line: Geopolitics and Criminality on the India-Myanmar border.


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