NAGs Karen National Union (KNU)

Karen National Union (KNU)

Year Formed: 1966
Year Terminated: Still Active

Target States:
Myanmar (Burma)

Ideational Characteristics:

Secession/Territorial Demand

External Supporters:


United States of America

Narrative Summary:

NAG Support Dataset Code: 21

UCDP/PRIO Code: 1021


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South, Ashley. "Burma's Longest War Anathomy of the Karen Conflict". Transnational Institute Burma Center Netherlands. Mar. 2011. 

Bjorklund, Peter James. "The Dynamics of Karen National Union Political and Military Development: Reflecting the Shifting Landscape". 2010. 

Lintner, Bertil. "Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency since 1948". Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm, 1999. Print.

-"Capitalizing on Conflict How Logging and Mining Contribute to Environmental Destruction in Burma". EarthRights International with Karen Environmental & Social Action Network. Oct. 2003.

- "Karen National Union (KNU) Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO) Democratic Karen Burmese Army (DKBA)." Karen National Union (KNU) / Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO). Web. 7 May 2015. <>

-"US Dept of State: The Department of State Decides Material Support Inapplicable to Second Group of Karen Refugees in Thailand". M2 Presswire. 31 Aug. 2006.