Brian M.

External Consultant at Control Risks

Master's DegreeS. Rajaratnam School of International Studies



Brian McCartan is an independent consultant specializing in security, ethnic politics, civil war, and local governance, with a focus on Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos. Brian began working in the region in 1995 as a teacher in Karen refugee camps in Thailand and as a documentary filmmaker in areas of eastern Myanmar. He subsequently joined Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) investigating human rights abuses among ethnic minorities in Myanmar, first as a researcher and analyst, and later as the organization’s director. A freelance journalist since 2006, he has covered regional security issues, insurgency and terrorism, politics, ethnic rights, and development for several regional publications, particularly Asia Times. His writing includes, among other topics, investigative pieces on various aspects of the civil war in Myanmar, the insurgency in southern Thailand, Chinese development in Laos, and political upheaval in Bangkok. As a consultant, he has advised ethnic minority leaders in Myanmar, conducted monitoring and evaluation of peace building projects, and researched various aspects of conflict and peace building in the region. In 2011 he received an MSc in Strategic Studies together with a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. From 2011 to 2012 he worked as an associate research fellow at RSIS researching and writing on politics and insurgency in Southeast Asia. He studied for a PhD at RSIS in from 2012 to 2017 researching local-level cooperation between the government/military and ethnic armed actors amid civil war in southeast Myanmar from 1995-2012.


  • torts / conflict resolution
  • human rights
  • public administration
  • research & development
  • project support
  • myanmar
  • thailand
  • laos
  • burma
  • indonesia
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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