MYANMAR CABLE

MYANMAR CABLE

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 operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a... More

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 their Twitter account, also urged the government... More

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 National Security Advisor, Thaung Tun has already... More

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 tatters. Insurrection and arson engulfed large areas... More

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 military are consolidating their counter insurgency operations... More

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 out accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according... More

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, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and... More

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


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 Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi... More

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 in Myanmar – last Sunday for a... More

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 efforts to achieve peace through the Panglong... More

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 insists that the country is on the... More

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 the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into... More

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 Asian diplomat, who closely follows developments, on... More

Myanmar and China strengthen their alliance


In recent weeks, several signals have emerged that show Myanmar is opting to be part of Beijing’s orbit rather than strengthen relations with the West, particularly Washington. This is in part... More

Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel


Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision


China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads... More

The lady and the generals are learning to get along


In the last few weeks there has been growing speculation that Myanmar’s military leaders are planning a possible coup if the country’s new democratic government, led by the charismatic democracy icon... More

Myanmar prepares to boost foreign investment


Myanmar hopes to boost foreign investment in the new financial year that has just begun. The necessary legal framework has been put into place, which the government hopes will help attract... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process


Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to... More

COLUMN

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

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 operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the National University of... More

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince the world that it was Muslim-Bengali Rohingyas who were responsible for the recent mayhem fared... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More

Pakistan unites in the face of US threats

Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the... More

MOST POPULAR

READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More