Myanmar Def College delegation visits Fort William

A 38-member Myanmar delegation led by Major General Myat Kyaw, Commandant of National Defence College, Myanmar visited Eastern Command headquarters at Fort William here Saturday, a Defence spokesman said. The delegation members were updated on various dimensions of... More

EU looking to target Myanmar for Rohingya abuses

The European Union may soon restore tariffs on rice imports from Myanmar in a bid to protect its own producers. But more troubling for Naypyidaw is the EU’s intention to remove all trade preferences for its export... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces censure

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back... More

Top US official tours Myanmar’s Kachin, Rakhine states

U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel and Deputy Chief of Mission George Sibley accompanied Richard Albright, the U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration who is responsible for humanitarian assistance programs in... More

Rohingya ‘terrified’ about Myanmar repatriation, aid groups say

  A group of 42 aid agencies says the planned return of Rohingya to Myanmar is 'premature' and 'dangerous'. A plan to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya back to Myanmar is premature and the refugees are "terrified"... More

Too close for comfort: China to build port in Myanmar, 3rd in...

India will be closely following the developments following an agreement between China and Myanmar on Thursday to develop a multi-billion dollar deep sea port in Kyaukpyu on the coast of Bay of Bengal, fourth in India’s neighbourhood. India... More

Myanmar agrees smaller deal for China-backed port after ‘debt-trap’ concern

Myanmar on Thursday signed an agreement with China's state-run CITIC Group to begin work on a deep-sea port in the west of the country, after negotiations that saw the initial phase of the project scaled back over... More

Filipino handguns triggering into Myanmar

The Philippines is becoming a dominant player in the Myanmar handgun market Shephard has learnt, further to the latest acquisitions between the two nations. Mely Cayabyab, senior VP of sales and logistics at Philippines based-Armscor Global Defense, shared... More

Rohingya crisis, Suu Kyi under the microscope at Southeast Asia summit

The customary cordiality of Southeast Asian summits may be missing when the region’s leaders meet next week due to sharp differences over Myanmar, whose military has been accused of genocide against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar leader... More

Vivian, Suu Kyi discuss repatriation of refugees

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan discussed the repatriation of Rohingya refugees with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw yesterday, a day after he visited refugee camps at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. "Daw Suu updated... More

Myanmar still using Telecom Law to silence critics despite amendments

Changes to the Telecommunications Law have done little to halt its use by politicians and officials to silence their critics, with 62 legal cases having been filed under Article 66 (d) of the controversial legislation since it... More

Road linking Myanmar and Thailand to be upgraded

A proper highway will soon connect the planned special economic zone at Dawei in southeastern Myanmar with Thailand’s road network, The Irrawaddy, a Myanmar website, reported on November 2. In accordance with an agreement signed on November 1... More

Myanmar by-election results ‘a lesson’ for Suu Kyi’s party

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to have won only seven of 13 seats up for grabs in by-elections, a spokesman said on Sunday, conceding that Myanmar's ruling party needed to do more... More

Myanmar by-election rare local test for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar voters cast their ballots in a small but key by-election Saturday (Nov 3), a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party more than halfway through her time in office. Aung San... More

EU considers sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown

  The European Union has threatened to impose trade sanctions on Myanmar that could put thousands of jobs in its lucrative clothing industry at risk, if the country does not address 'severe shortcomings' in human rights. Officials wrapped up... More

Deported Rohingya men didn’t get Myanmar citizenship as India claimed and the...

On October 4 , India deported seven Rohingya men from a detention centre in Assam to their home country of Myanmar, from where they had fled around six years ago. This was the first official deportation of... More

Loss of market access a ‘clear possibility’ if rights issues not addressed,...

The European Union has warned Myanmar that withdrawal of trade preferences is a “clear possibility” if the country fails to uphold and respect the principles enshrined in the 15 fundamental international human rights and labor rights conventions... More

Rohingya refugee crisis pushes ASEAN to the edge

As Myanmar and Bangladesh limp toward implementing a bilateral agreement to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is deadlocked on how to respond to the region’s greatest humanitarian crisis... More

Why India looks the other way on Myanmar

While the West moves to re-isolate Myanmar after a short period of re-engagement, neighboring India is taking a more realpolitik approach to reports of massive rights abuses by the nation’s security forces. Indeed, India is doing its utmost... More

Myanmar officials try to convince Rohingya to return, accept ID cards

Myanmar officials visited camps for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh on Wednesday in an effort to kickstart a process to repatriate hundreds of thousands who fled an army crackdown last year. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into... More

Trump should declare Myanmar’s Rohingya campaign a genocide

In an August 2018 report on atrocities committed in Myanmar, the U.S. State Department found that: “The recent violence in northern Rakhine State was extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving... More


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



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