Burma

Pyidaungzu Myanma Naingngandaw

China Courts Myanmar's Democrats

Min Zin, New York Times

Life and Death in Myanmar

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

What Sunk the Asia Pivot

Joshua Kurlantzick, Democracy Journal

Jackson Diehl, WaPo

Why would Beijing, which has long backed Myanmar’s military regime and refused to engage with pro-democracy parties, now support the N.L.D.? One reason is that in recent year...(full article)

Genocide? I don’t know. A stain on our collective humanity? Absolutely....(full article)

The Obama Administration’s “pivot” to Asia was supposed to be a transformative shift. Why has it led to such underwhelming results?...(full article)

Two particularly noxious regimes now are confronted with what might be called the Polish communists’ dilemma. The military regime of Burma and the self-styled “Bolivari...(full article)

Two particularly noxious regimes now are confronted with what might be called the Polish communists’ dilemma. The military regime of Burma and the self-styled “Bolivari...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

First Steps for Myanmar - Irish Times

Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment on profound reform will soon be tested....

How Does Myanmar Build Now? - David Hale, The Diplomat

The impending transition of power from President Thein Sein to Aung Sun Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has significant implications for Myanmar’s nascent...

Aung San Suu Kyi: Limitations and Obligations - Vishal Arora, Diplomat

When Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party forms government in Myanmar, it will face enormous limits that the military-drafted 200...

Myanmar's Election: Just One Good Step - Ma Thida, Huffington Post

Since 1988, Myanmar had only three elections -- in 1990, 2010 and 2012. The fourth one, this year, is perhaps the most successful and momentous. There are several reasons to say so...

Asia's Horrifying Meth Wars - Patrick Winn & Mark Oltmanns, Global Post

GlobalPost traveled to the heart of the meth trade, Myanmar's northern frontier, where narco-militias crank out speed pills with impunity. Our investigation there uncovered a start...

Myanmar's Election: Now What? - Sebastian Strangio, The Diplomat

YANGON—Four days after Myanmar’s historic November 8 election, it is clear that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is poised for an overwhelming victory. ...

Magnificent Election in Myanmar - The Hindu

Bursting firecrackers over elections in a neighbouring country may sound controversial these days. But in the case of Myanmar, it would not be out of place if India celebrated the ...

Myanmar's Transition - Nisid Hajari, Bloomberg View

Ever since President Thein Sein laid out his dramatic reform program, observers have debated how genuine the country’s transformation is....

Betrayal in Burma - Joshua Hammer, New York Review of Books

Aung San Suu Kyi remains a highly popular figure, and if the party secures its expected electoral victory on November 8, she may no longer feel so constrained about confronting the...

Myanmar's Election Test - Wall Street Journal

The country needs a new political consensus to meet its potential....

Myanmar Votes Amid Claims of Irregularities - Mahtani & Myo, WSJ

Myanmar held its freest elections in more than a half-century Sunday, with the outcome already being questioned by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for De...

The End of Myanmar's 'Helpful Ambiguity' - Thant Myint-U, Nikkei

A successful Myanmar, sitting between China, India, and South East Asia, is key for both regional integration and security. But what is even more significant for the rest of the wo...

Rebranding Myanmar - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

On the cusp of the country’s elections on Sunday, touted as the most free and fair set of elections in a quarter-century, Suu Kyi appears to be on the cusp of leading the pro...

Can Suu Kyi Lead Myanmar? - Shibani Mahtani, Wall Street Journal

YANGON, Myanmar—Aung San Suu Kyi is known as the gentle, Oxford-educated voice of democracy, fearless before ruling generals. Her story is so well-scripted it became a Hollyw...

VIDEO: A Genocide in Myanmar? - Al Jazeera

Documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit expose the inner workings of the Myanmar government, providing “strong evidence” of genocide against the Roh...

Can Myanmar Hold a Free and Fair Election? - Joshua Kurlantzick, CFR

Do all of these trends add up to an unfair, potentially spoiled election? While the growing campaign-related violence, the slanted media coverage, and the questions about voter rol...

VIDEO: Signs of Genocide in Myanmar - Al Jazeera

Documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit expose the inner workings of the Myanmar government, providing “strong evidence” of genocide against the Roh...

Myanmar Prepares for Its Imperfect Election - Sholto Byrnes, The National

Next month’s elections in Myanmar have already been receiving the world’s attention. There have been plaudits: they “mark a historic step”, and will constitute “an electi...

Myanmar to Open Yangon Stock Exchange in December - C. Cui, WSJ

The Yangon Stock Exchange will begin trading in early December, according to Myanmar’s deputy finance minister, opening to foreign investors one of the world’s last unt...

Myanmar's Divided Opposition Slows Change - Z. Barany, Foreign Affairs

One reason the country has not benefited from its freer and more open government is that the NLD has failed to unite the opposition behind its common goal of reducing the power of ...

Can Myanmar Make the Leap? Doubtful - Lex Rieffel, Brookings

Myanmar/Burma is in the fifth year of three immensely challenging transitions: from conflict to peace, from authoritarian to democratic rule, and from a closed to an open economy....

Myanmar's Drive to Democracy Falters - Washington Post

BURMA’S PARLIAMENTARY election Nov. 8 should have been a moment to anticipate with joy: another step in the nation’s emergence from military rule. But democracy is not ...

Myanmar Stumbles Again on Road to Democracy - Guardian

By deposing Thura Shwe Mann as chair of the government party, the generals again dash democratic hopes in Burma...

Myanmar Braces for Sleazy Tourism - Patrick Winn, Global Post

There were few perks to the xenophobia that permeated Myanmar’s totalitarian junta for decades. But there was at least one: it kept the scuzziest tourists at bay....

The Lost Muslims of Myanmar - Bloomberg View

The refugee disaster that recently gripped Southeast Asia has waned, as countries in the region have taken in thousands of the migrants who had been abandoned at sea by smugglers. ...

The U.S. Stake in Myanmar & Sri Lanka - Dennis Blair, The Diplomat

Although many Americans would have a hard time finding Sri Lanka or Myanmar on a map, these two Asian countries are in the midst of major political transformations with important a...

Xi Has Transformed China's Foreign Policy - South China Morning Post

The thought of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's opposition leader, freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, holding talks with China's top echelons would once have been unlikely....

How to Undermine India's Alliances - Ajai Sahni, Indian Express

The political posturing in the wake of the Myanmar operation undermines India’s long-term interests....

Why Did India's Army Strike in Burma? - P. Parameswaran, Diplomat

New Delhi’s operation is much less novel or controversial than some have claimed....

The Plight of Burma's Stateless Muslims - Katrin Kuntz, Der Spiegel

Nuralam often sits awake for hours at night when a lukewarm wind blows through the hut, carrying with it the smell of the sea. He peers over at his sister lying next to him on the ...

A Ticking Time Bomb for Myanmar - Qingzhen Chen, Global Risk Insights

The recent boat crisis of Rohingya refugees has dominated headlines and attracted international attention to one of the world's most prosecuted minority groups. Living in apartheid...

A Global Obligation to Rohingya Refugees - Los Angeles Times

After watching for several weeks as refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh drifted in crowded boats in the seas off Southeast Asia, begging for food and water, some dying along the w...

A Border Town Built for Chinese Vice - Brendon Hong, Narratively

Everywhere in Mong La, it is apparent that the Chinese owned everything. That we are in Myanmar is only an afterthought. The Shan woman is a rarity: a local who doesn’t work ...

Humanitarian Crisis in Andaman Sea - Fuller & Cochrane, NY Times

A wooden fishing boat carrying several hundred desperate migrants from Myanmar was spotted adrift in the Andaman Sea betweenThailand and Malaysia on Thursd...

Obama Leads by Engaging - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

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

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...

We Can't Have It both Ways in Burma - The Guardian

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

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...

Myanmar Air Force Mistakenly Bombs in China - A. Panda, The Diplomat

4 Chinese citizens were killed in an airstrike conducted by the Myanmar Air Force....

Asia's Last Tiger Economy Seeks a Balance - Dan Steinbock, SCMP

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...

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