Burma

Pyidaungzu Myanma Naingngandaw

Myanmar Braces for Sleazy Tourism

Patrick Winn, Global Post

Bloomberg View

Bloomberg View

The U.S. Stake in Myanmar & Sri Lanka

Dennis Blair, The Diplomat

How to Undermine India's Alliances

Ajai Sahni, Indian Express

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....(full article)

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. ...(full article)

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. ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

Most Recent Articles

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...

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....

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...

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...

Myanmar, China's Barrier and Buffer - Dai Yonghong, East Asia Forum

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...

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...

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