Political Reform in Myanmar

Beyond the Narrative of Progress in Myanmar’s Panglong Peace Initiative

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With a national election fast approaching, barriers to peace remain in Myanmar’s ethnic borderlands.

Myanmar’s General Election: Test for a Fledgling Democracy

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) will face a tough test at the polls on November 8th. But so too will the country’s fragile democratic institutions.

China’s Enduring Influence over Wa State in Myanmar

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Exploring the interests and motivations underpinning China’s historical involvement in Wa state along the Myanmar border.

Myanmar’s Divided Peace Process: Hope amid Escalating Violence?

Britain has pledged emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State in western Burma. In May 2013, Minister for International Development Alan Duncan and Foreign Office Minister for South East Asia Hugo Swire announced a £4.4 million package of humanitarian support for people displaced by violence and facing the additional threats of the rainy season and approaching storms. Britain’s package of emergency assistance will provide: - Nearly 80,000 people with access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities malnourished children aged 0-59 months with treatment for acute malnutrition in rural camps - hygiene kits to nearly 40,000 people Picture: DFID Burma, modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_conflict#/media/File:Emergency_food,_drinking_water_and_shelter_to_help_people_displaced_in_Rakhine_State,_western_Burma._(8288488088).jpg

With ethnic conflicts flaring up and down the country, reinvigorating the nation-level peace process will be challenging – but not impossible.

Myanmar’s Peace Process on Life Support

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Will the once revered Aung San Suu Kyi be able to resuscitate her country’s stalled peace process?

Outlook 2018: Five Economies to Watch


Five economies headed for boom or bust in 2018.

China’s Balancing Act with Myanmar Rebels


Cooperating with Kachin’s rebels affords China diplomatic leverage and protection for its considerable investments in the area. But is it worth the damage to its relations with Naypyidaw?

Confronting Asia’s Demographic Demons

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Policymakers should tackle Asia’s diversity problem to reap not just a moral dividend, but an economic one as well.

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Is Not Doing the Press any Favors

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Even after a year of NLD rule, press freedom in Myanmar is languishing in the dark ages.

Myanmar’s Humanitarian Crisis Could Become a Political One

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The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is drawing international condemnation and fraying relations between the civilian and military authorities.

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