Martin Smith is an independent analyst who has researched and
reported about Burma/Myanmar and ethnic nationality affairs since the early 1980s for a variety of media, non-governmental and academic organisations. He is author of Burma: Insurgency and the Politics of Ethnicity (Zed Books). Other publications include Ethnic Groups in Burma: Development, Democracy and Human Rights (ASI), Fatal Silence? Freedom of Expression and the Right to Health in Burma (Article 19), Burma (Myanmar): The Time for Change (Minority Rights Group), and State of Strife: The Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict in Burma (East-West Center Washington). He was also an independent expert member of the Three Diseases Fund Board (2006–12).