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Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections


Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties... More

Its economy in poor shape, Myanmar’s textile sector might be crippled if...


Myanmar’s flourishing textile industry is in severe danger of being decimated, if the European Union (EU) decides to withdraw its special trade privileges. A EU monitoring mission is due in Myanmar shortly to begin an assessment process.... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen


y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the... More

Seven years after it began, Myanmar’s peace process precariously poised


Myanmar’s peace process is finely balanced, after the latest round of talks failed to produce anything of substance. Sitting comfortably and very relaxed, YawdSerk, the chairman of the Myanmar ethnic rebel group, the Restoration Council of Shan... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment ties 


Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor,... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide


The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications,... More

Myanmar’s controversial port project gets government green light


Myanmar has finally taken the bull by the horns and is serious about finalizing the Kyaukpyu port -- the first stage in the Kyaukpyu SEZ project. The Myanmar government has been under increasing pressure from Beijing to... More

Myanmar braces for more international pressure


In the coming weeks the international campaign to enforce some form of accountability on Myanmar for the horrendous events in Rakhine -- over the past twelve months -- is going to increase. With the anniversary of start... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible


Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there... More

UN envoy faces a tough Myanmar mission


Yet another UN envoy is dabbling in the Myanmar quagmire. A succession of envoys from the top international organization have visited the country in the past two years, harping on about human rights, child soldiers and people... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy


Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and... More

Myanmar launches renewed war on corruption


Myanmar’s government has declared war against corruption amid increased political turmoil involving several ministers. Already the anti-corruption committee’s investigations have taken their toll, with two heads rolling in recent weeks. The ramifications of the renewed battle against corruption... More

Pressure mounts on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi


Myanmar’s civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. The UN, the US and China have all chipped in, to make the Lady’s life increasingly difficult, in one-way or another. But... More

Myanmar readies for refugee repatriation


Myanmar is ready to receive back all the Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, who want to return. Preparations are in place for their immediate return, said Dr Win Myat Aye, the minister in charge of... More

UN visit raises the stakes for Myanmar


The Myanmar government pulled out all the stops in its efforts to convince the United Nations Security Council delegation that it was taking every effort to prepare for the return of the Muslim -- or Rohingya --... More

Myanmar faces an imminent international showdown on Rakhine


The Myanmar government is coming under increased international concern about its treatment of the Muslim community in its Rakhine state and other human rights abuses, including the military’s conduct in other ethnic areas, and its curbs on... More

Myanmar readies for second face of reforms


Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year and the beginning of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political... More

Myanmar seeks to engage the UN on refugee repatriation 


The Myanmar government is tentatively seeking to mend fences with the UN in an effort to solve the problem of the Rakhine Muslim refugees, according to sources close to the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.... More

Myanmar’s new president heralds a change in direction


When Win Myint was sworn in as Myanmar’s new president last Friday, he outlined the government’s priorities for the future. While the overall policy direction did not different, his approach marks a more activist intent. “Policy won’t change,... More

For Myanmar, second anniversary marks the start of a make or break...


Myanmar’s government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) government and their leader, the State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, enters its third year in office after its overwhelming victory in the 2015 national elections. In... More

Myanmar’s Peace Process stumbles on


The Myanmar government is putting a brave face on its efforts to push the peace process forward, buoyed by two more ethnic rebel groups signing the national ceasefire agreement (or NCA). This is the formal key to... More

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Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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