Ronan Lee

Deakin University

Ronan Lee is a PhD researcher at Deakin University's Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His focus is on the history, identity, and political attitudes of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. Ronan’s professional background is in politics. He was formerly a Queensland state member of parliament and parliamentary secretary, and he has worked as a senior government advisor and campaign manager. Ronan met with Myanmar’s current leader Aung San Suu Kyi shortly after her release from house arrest in 2010, and he was awarded the Neil Archbold Memorial Medal for his 2015 journal article "A Politician, Not an Icon: Aung San Suu Kyi's Silence on Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya." Ronan has provided expert comment and analysis about the politics of Myanmar for the BBC, Al Jazeera, "TIME," and "The Guardian."

Articles by Ronan Lee


Facebook is Hurting Democracy in Myanmar

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In Myanmar, Buddhist nationalist groups have used Facebook to swamp public opinion with anti-Muslim speech. As elected representatives are pressed to follow these extreme views, Myanmar is showing the world how unreined social media can hurt democracy.