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Pyidaungzu Myanma Naingngandaw

Obama Leads by Engaging

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

Myanmar, China's Barrier and Buffer

Dai Yonghong, East Asia Forum

Obama rejected his predecessor George W. Bush’s policy of isolating “rogue states,” recognizing that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries&...(full article)

Thein Sein is moving in the right direction, but democracy will not be achieved while he maintains military privilege and leaves the constitution unreformed....(full article)

4 Chinese citizens were killed in an airstrike conducted by the Myanmar Air Force....(full article)

Six months before critical elections, tensions are mounting in Myanmar, at its borders and affecting great power relations. Recently, hundreds of Myanmese students protesting again...(full article)

Myanmar is China’s security barrier and strategic buffer. China’s top security concern is to keep Myanmar from joining the US ‘encirclement of China’ policy...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

China's Myanmar Conundrum - Ramya P S, The Diplomat

Myanmar’s political transition has spawned debates and deliberations in policymaking circles and strategic communities across the world. The economic and strategic spinoff of...

China's Own Tijuana - Brendon Hong, Daily Beast

MONG LA, Burma — The first noticeable thing in this Burmese town that borders China’s Yunnan Province, is that they really like the Chinese character xin. Half of the b...

Did a Chinese General Aid Myanmar Rebels? - S. Tiezzi, The Diplomat

Earlier, I covered two seemingly unrelated stories for The Diplomat: lingering accusations that ethnic Chinese rebels in Myanmar were receiving aid from China and the recent announ...

Burma's Future - The Guardian

Time to put the pressure on Burma to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to play the role for which she is destined....

A Crucial Year Is Coming for Myanmar - Hunter Marston, The Diplomat

With elections, ceasefire negotiations, and constitutional measures, 2015 will be a major test for the fledgling democracy....

Burma Backslides - Brett Crane, The American Interest

Freedom of the press is Burma’s canary in the coal mine: Its deterioration may be a sign that the country is backsliding into the oppressive habits of the former military dic...

India's Important Eastward Turn - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

As part of his “Look East” program, Modi has also made a point of reaching out to Burma. Most recently, he had a warm meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi at a recent ASEAN ge...

Myanmar, Sadly, Is Returning to Form - Min Zin, New York Times

The Tatmadaw, as the armed forces are called, has grown increasingly assertive in recent months, even as the country prepares for a historic general election next year, the first s...

Myanmar Falls Short on Key Pledges - Matthew Pennington, Time

The quasi-civilian government has progressed, but deep problems remain....

A Bleak, Marginal Existence in Myanmar - Perlez & Munita, NYT

The Myanmar government has given the estimated one million Rohingya people in this coastal region of the country a dispiriting choice: Prove your family has lived here for more tha...

The Critical Bay of Bengal - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The Bay of Bengal is starting to become whole again and is returning to the center of global history. The bay that once divided the Indian subcontinent from the Far East is now uni...

Heroin Syringes Serve as Currency in Myanmar - Patrick Winn, GP

Along parts of the Myanmar-China border, where heroin addiction is appallingly common, fresh needles are now so coveted that shopkeepers dispense them as change....

China's not Making Your Shirt Anymore - Nathan Siegel, Ozy

As labor costs in the “world’s factory” continue to rise dramatically, global fashion brands are looking elsewhere to source apparel. In addition to established h...

Indian Trade Booming with ASEAN - Luke Hunt, The Diplomat

Business ties extending west into India have never enjoyed the same cachet as trade with China to the north. That’s partly because access to India was blocked by Myanmar’s is...

U.S. Can't Ease Up on Burma Now - Washington Post

When Secretary of State John F. Kerry travels to Burma later this week, it will be crucial that he not treat the Southeast Asian nation as a democratic success story, which it e...

The New Thailand-Myanmar Axis - Pavin Chachavalpongpun, The Diplomat

Amid international sanctions, the Thai junta has found some comfort in the warm embrace of China. Shortly after the coup, photos surfaced of Army Chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha...

Shooting an Elephant in Burma - Shannon Gormley, Ottawa Citizen

Just as Burma posed a threat to the British colonial psyche in the last century, it poses one to the United States and allies today. But the Obama administration isn’t saving...

Not Even Burma? - Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

The Obama administration until recently legitimately claimed at least one foreign policy success, the improved human rights situation in Burma. Now even that is getting crossed o...

Myanmar: The People vs. The Monks - Min Zin, New York Times

One of the darkest aspects of Myanmar’s political transition is a surge in religious intolerance, especially toward Muslims. Liberalization has lifted the lid on many pe...

Growing Threat of Buddhist Fundamentalism - Vishal Arora, Diplomat

Buddhist fundamentalism seems to be fast spreading its tentacles in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, as newspapers report violent attacks on religious minorities and shrill deman...

Myanmar's Appalling Apartheid - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

Welcome to Myanmar, where tremendous democratic progress is being swamped by crimes against humanity toward the Rohingya, a much-resented Muslim minority in this Buddhist country. ...

Myanmar's Buddhist Bigots - Kenan Malik, New York Times

The Rohingya people of Myanmar take a very different view of Buddhism. The Rohingya are Muslims who live mostly in Rakhine, in western Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh. Early Muslim s...

Washington's Flawed Myanmar Policy - David Brenner, The Diplomat

Many of Myanmar’s ethnic minorities are growing increasingly disillusioned with America and may turn to China instead....

Unspeakable Violence Against Muslims in Burma - Washington Post

Burma has earned applause for its tentative opening toward democracy. But the progress is threatened by the deep ethnic divisions and the violence. The flight of aid organizations ...

Worsening Plight of Burma's Rohingya - Gemima Harvey, The Diplomat

It has been a tragic start to the year for Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim minority....

The Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya - Los Angeles Times

The U.N. says the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, are one of the most persecuted groups in the world....

Will Burma Choose to Be a True Democracy? - Washington Post

The latest fashion for dictators is to appear as democratic as possible. The regime in Egypt, for example, has drafted a constitution that will enshrine the military as the nation...

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