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This edited collection War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar  addresses the question of why as Myanmar moves along a path of political and economic change, the country’s pursuit of peace in its borderlands has faltered. The authors included in this edited collection bring new perspectives, drawing on the history of the Kachin and their neighbors as a means of identifying lessons learned and possible ways forward, a valuable contribution, given that the Kachin ceasefire, signed in 1994, was one of the longest-held peace agreements in Myanmar’s recent history, and why, contrary to expectations, the Kachin ceasefire would breakdown in 2011, at precisely the point when an upswing in Myanmar’s national mood made nationwide peace seem achievable