Tea Circle highlights analyses, research, and opinions from students, faculty, and community members at the University of Oxford and beyond.

In addition to pieces posted by those listed below, Tea Circle also features regular “guest contributors” who are experts on Burma/Myanmar or on mainland Southeast Asia.


Mael Raynaud

Mael Raynaud is an analyst with 15 years experience researching Myanmar politics, society, conflict, and economy. He lives in Yangon, and works as a consultant.

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Liu Yun
Liu Yun

Liu Yun is an independent analyst based in China. He writes on Myanmar regularly. He can be reached at

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Joanna Dolińska

Joanna Dolińska is a PhD student at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, and a multilingual, international consultant in the field of education and communication. She studied at the Universität Leipzig, University of Warsaw, Universität Duisburg-Essen and National University of Mongolia. Her main expertise lies in the regions of Inner and Southeast Asia.

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Jesse Hartery

Jesse Hartery is completing a joint degree in common law (LL.B.) and civil law (B.C.L.) at McGill University. He works at international law firm Fasken LLP and is a Research Assistant to Professor Johanne Poirier (the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism). He has previously been a Judicial Law Clerk at the Superior Court of Québec. He holds an Honours B.A. in History and a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of Ottawa.

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Hsu Myat Thazin was born and raised in Myanmar. She is an undergraduate student from National University of Singapore, majoring in Economics. She owns a clothing line ‘Fashmob’ and is currently interning at a private equity firm in Yangon.

Aung Tun is a researcher in the area of economic governance and conflict resolution in Myanmar.