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Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her...

UN steps up pressure on Myanmar

The United Nations is stepping up pressure on Myanmar to rapidly resolve the violence in its strife-torn western province of Rakhine. In a Presidential...

The Lady, the general and sanctions

Later this month (November) the European Union (EU) and the Organization of Islamic States (OIC) are planning to have a sanctions motion put before...

Myanmar’s Rakhine plan runs into trouble

Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian initiative for Rakhine state in western Myanmar is already running into trouble. The country’s fervent Buddhist nationalists, a movement...

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially...

Myanmar’s power industry takes off

Myanmar’s government has launched a concerted effort to meet the country’s growing power needs. Aung San Suu Kyi has realized that the peace process...

Rakhine crisis covers inner conflict

Controlling the violence in Rakhine masks a battle for supremacy within government. The military and the civilian leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and...

China comes to Myanmar’s aid in face of sanctions

While some countries mull possible sanctions against Myanmar, China stands poised to use the opportunity to prove its friendship. At issue is the situation...

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard place”

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance...

Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis

Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar's Rakhine state declared a temporary ceasefire on Sunday. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which issued the statement on...

Myanmar has launched a diplomatic offensive

The Myanmar government has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend off international criticism of its handling of the violence in Rakhine. The State Councilor’s...

Rakhine violence leaves everyone guessing

Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine erupted into violence on Friday, leaving the government’s efforts to find a solution to the communal tension there in...

The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The...

Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against Muslim terrorists

The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route...

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline,...

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between the military and...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min...

Myanmar continues press repression

Myanmar’s human rights situation is again under the spotlight with the arrival of Professor Yangkee Lee – the UN special rapporteur on human rights...

Myanmar’s peace process in tatters

Myanmar’s peace process is fast falling apart. The increasing divisions amongst the county’s rebel ethnic groups is going to severely test the government’s continuing...

Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government...

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with...

Myanmar’s peace process hits a bumpy road

Myanmar’s peace process remains stalled after the peace conference held some two weeks ago. “It’s one step forward and two steps backwards,” said an...