Political Reform in Myanmar

ASEAN Diplomacy Makes Little Headway in Myanmar

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ASEAN’s five-point consensus agreement of 24 April has done little to blunt the violence ravaging Myanmar.

Japan and India’s Policy Tightrope on Myanmar Protests

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Tokyo and New Delhi are being forced to walk a fine line between human rights and their own economic and security imperatives.

History Repeating: Military Rule Returns to Myanmar

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Ultimately, playing by the military’s constitutional rules and towing its line on the Rohingya weren’t enough to keep Aung San Suu Kyi out of house arrest.

What the NLD Election Victory Means for Myanmar’s Civilian-Military Divide

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In November’s election, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won 83% of seats, yet constitutionally must share power with the military, meaning five more years of an uneasy alliance.

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?

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