Nehginpao Kipgen conferred PhD degree

Published on January 24, 2015

Nehginpao Kipgen, a Political Scientist and General Secretary of the U.S.A.-based Kuki International Forum, was conferred Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), the highest academic degree, by the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad on January 23, 2015.

Kipgen was conferred the doctorate degree after he successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Patterns of Political Change” in the presence of academics and research scholars, including his supervisor and one of the external examiners from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Dr. Kipgen, one of the renowned scholars among the Chin-Kuki-Mizo community of Myanmar, India and Bangladesh, is also a prolific writer who has published both academic and non-academic works in five continents spanning over 30 countries. He has published academic works in World Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Ethnopolitics, Strategic Analysis, South Asia Research, Indian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly, and Asian Profile.

Dr. Kipgen has also published over 100 articles in various leading international newspapers and magazines, including Foreign Policy Journal, Washington Times, Fair Observer, Huffington Post, The Straits Times, The Guardian, Epoch Times, Jerusalem Post, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, The Statesman, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, New Zealand Herald, National Times, Asia Times, China Post, China Daily, Global Times, Japan Today, Korea Times, South China Morning Post, Indian Express, Journal of Turkish Weekly, Al-Jazeerah, The National, The Standard, Bangkok Post, Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globe, Manila Times, Brunei Times, Gulf Times, Gulf Today, Khaleej Times, Arab News, Phnom Penh Post, Myanmar Times, Malaysian Mirror, Bangladesh Today, The Daily Star, The Island, Asia Sentinel, Asia News Network, Asian Tribune, and The Irrawaddy.

His book entitled “Democracy Movement in Myanmar: Problems and Challenges” was published by Ruby Press in 2014 and is available for online purchase in, and

Dr. Kipgen, who is a recipient of the U.S. State Department-funded scholarship, has been invited to seminars and conferences in different countries across Asia and North America. He originally hails from Burma/Myanmar but has taken American citizenship.

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