FORA.tv Speaker - Thant Myint-U
Visiting Senior Fellow, International Peace Academy
Thant Myint-U has lived and worked in New York for the past six years, first in the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and later in the Department of Political Affairs, where he was the head of policy planning. He has also worked for UN peacekeeping operations - in Cambodia in the early 1990s and then in the former Yugoslavia, including as the UN's chief spokesman in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war.
Thant Myint-U was educated at Harvard and Trinity College, Cambridge, recieving his PhD in history from Cambridge in 1996 and then staying on for three more years as a Fellow of Trinity College. He wrote his first book, The Making of Modern Burma, a history of the nineteenth century Burmese kingdom, during this time. Though he was born in New York (in 1966, when his grandfather, U Thant, was serving as the UN Secretary-General), he has lived on and off in Burma as well, including for a time in rebel-held areas near the border and briefly as a novice monk in a monastery just outside Rangoon.
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