Richard Horsey is a widely-published political analyst and has been a close observer of Myanmar for over 20 years. He specializes in the politics and political-economy of the country, the situation in Rakhine State, as well as armed conflict and the peace process. Since 2009, he has been the Myanmar Adviser for the International Crisis Group. He is also a founding partner of a political and conflict risk advisory firm that works with international organisations and corporations. He was formerly the Myanmar representative of the International Labour Organization (2002-2007), and engaged closely with the military regime on forced labour and recruitment of children into the army. He was subsequently a senior adviser and spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs following Cyclone Nargis. He is the author of more than a hundred reports on the country, as well as numerous articles and opinion pieces. He is a fluent Burmese speaker, and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from University College London.