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Visiting Fellow Spotlight: Alexandre Pelletier

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Alexandre Pelletier is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow for 2018–20. He obtained his PhD in political science at the University of Toronto in 2018. His work examines ethnic and religious conflicts in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Myanmar, where he conducted extensive fieldwork. As a visiting fellow in the Southeast Asia Program, he is working on a book manuscript about Islamic radicalism in Indonesia. The book, based on his dissertation, argues that competition among Muslim leaders is a powerful driver of radicalism. In parallel, he also studies civil war and conflict resolution in Myanmar. Since 2013, he has been involved as a coinvestigator in research projects funded by the United States Institute of Peace and the International Development Research Center. These projects examine the evolution of ceasefire politics, peace negotiations, and federalization since Myanmar began its political transition in 2011. He has published his work on Indonesia and Myanmar in various journals such as Asian Security, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and South East Asia Research.