Co-Director, University of Toronto
Professor Bertrand is co-founder and co-director of the Postcor Lab. He has worked for many years on issues of ethnic conflict, nationalism and secessionist violencein Southeast Asia. His current research focuses on the dilemmas and strategic decisions that non-state armed groups face when following a path to peace. While the research program is broad based, much of the current work focuses on intensive fieldwork and engagement with groups in Southeast Asia. This research program hopes to develop new insights on how non-state armed groups can be more successfully and permanently reintegrated to a more peaceful society.Professor Bertrand’sresearch has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the United States Institute of Peace, as well as the International Development Research Centre. His most recent book, published in July 2022, is entitled Winning by Process:The State and Neutralization of Ethnic Minorities in Myanmar (w/ Ardeth Thawnghmung and AlexandrePelletier, Cornell UP, July 2022). In 2021, he published Democracy and Nationalist Struggles in Southeast Asia: From secessionist mobilization to conflict resolution(Cambridge UP, 2021). He is also the author of Political Change in Southeast Asia (Cambridge, 2013) as well as Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Indonesia (Cambridge, 2004). Finally, Professor Bertrand has co-edited two volumes: Multination States in Asia: Accommodation or Resistance (Cambridge, 2010); and Democratization and Ethnic Minorities: Conflict or Compromise? (Routledge, 2014), in addition to numerous articles and book chapters.