Amara Thiha

Doctoral Researcher


​Amara Thiha is a Doctoral Researcher at PRIO taking part in the POPAGANDA project. He is enrolled in the PhD programme (ABD) in Sociology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and holds a Master Degree in History and Informatics from Uppsala University and Örebro University in Sweden. 

Amara has significant experience in Government Related funded projects by providing Technical Support to Negotiators on Security Issues and developing Roadmap for Security Sector Development (DDR-SSR) in Myanmar. He has over 8 years’ experience in Research and Programme management for Ceasefire Negotiation and Monitoring, Security Dialogue in the Peace Process, Conflict monitoring, Foreign Policy Analysis, Public Diplomacy strategy and Rule of Law in Myanmar, US, Sweden and Portugal. He was also part of a PRIO project through a partner organisation in 2020–2021.

All Publications

PRIO Policy Brief

Nilsen, Marte; Ilaria Carrozza; Øystein H. Rolandsen & Amara Thiha (2021) China in Myanmar: Complex Engagements, Complicated Relations, PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.

Blog Posts

Monks and Militias in Myanmar

Posted by Amara Thiha & Marte Nilsen on Wednesday, 15 March 2023

The political implications of ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and ideologies in Myanmar received much attention in the years before the 2021 military takeover. As Myanmar has turned more violent since the coup, ultra-nationalist monks have been radicalised further. What role are these monks playing in the political landscape of Myanmar today? ... Read more »

The Myanmar Military’s Roadmap to Survival

Posted by Amara Thiha on Tuesday, 23 August 2022

As massive resistance against military rule in Myanmar continues, the besieged military administration lays out three priorities in its strategy to survive. As expected, Myanmar’s State Administration Council (SAC), also known as the military junta, last week extended the country’s state of emergency for another six months. Along with the ... Read more »