Fresh ARSA attack injured six police officers: Myanmar govt

Six policemen, including one police colonel, were wounded during an ambush by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Wednesday in northern Rakhine State, according to an announcement on State media on Saturday. Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV)... More

EU imposes tariffs on rice imported from Cambodia, Myanmar

The European Commission has imposed tariffs on rice imported from Cambodia and Myanmar in a bid to curb a surge in rice imports from the two Southeast Asian countries. In a statement released on Wednesday, the European Union... More

China-Myanmar border trade dips dramatically

China-Myanmar border trade fell by US$562 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar, a state media outlet. The paper’s commentator attributed the decline to tighter Chinese controls on border trade,... More

Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan Army

Myanmar’s military announced Friday that the Arakan Army, a Buddhist rebel group in Rakhine state, has been classified a terrorist organization after mounting a flurry of recent attacks. The state earlier was the site of a brutal counterinsurgency... More

Border Guard Police wounded in Rakhine rebel ambush: Myanmar army

Six border guard police officers were wounded in an ambush by the Arakan Army (AA) on Wednesday in northern Rakhine State, according to Myanmar Army spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Lin Tun. He said the AA ambushed a vehicle... More

Chinese firm proposes $1.5-bn elevated railway for Yangon

China is looking to make further inroads into Myanmar’s economy by funding a US$1.5-billion elevated railway project in the country’s commercial capital, Yangon. China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd (CREEC) made a presentation about its planned project... More

Bangladesh wants India to pressure Myanmar on Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh is likely to take up the Rohingya issue “very strongly” with India when the country’s Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen comes visiting early next month, sources told ThePrint. During his trip – the first high-level visit by... More

Insurgents plunging Myanmar’s Rakhine back into chaos

Myanmar’s government says it has ordered the military to “crush” rebels in the western state of Rakhine, following raids by insurgents that killed 13 police officers earlier this month. The United Nations says fighting between the Myanmar military... More

India-Myanmar joint training exercise begins in Chandimandir

The second edition of the India-Myanmar bilateral army exercise, IMBEX 2018-19, commenced at Chandimandir Military Station that houses the headquarters of the Western Command, in Chandimandir on Monday. The aim of this joint training programme, spread over six... More

Myanmar sends more troops to troubled Rakhine State

The war in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State is likely to intensify as more government forces have been deployed to the area in the wake of rebel attacks on police stations, The Irrawaddy, a Myanmar website, reported on... More

UN calls for ‘rapid and unimpeded’ aid access to Myanmar’s Rakhine

The United Nations called on the Myanmar government on Monday (Dec 14) to allow “rapid and unimpeded” humanitarian access to Rakhine State, where fighting between government troops and autonomy-seeking rebels has displaced thousands of people. The Rakhine State... More

Rebel attacks escalate war in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The war in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State is likely to intensify as more government forces have been deployed in the area in the wake of rebel attacks on police stations, The Irrawaddy, a Myanmar website, reported on... More

Confederation the only option for Arakanese people, AA chief says

The political objective of the Arakan Army (AA), an Arakanese ethnic armed group currently clashing with the Myanmar Army, is to obtain confederate status for Rakhine State, AA chief Major-General Tun Myat Naing told The Irrawaddy. “We prefer... More

‘Panic’ grips Rohingya as Myanmar army battles Buddhist rebels

Frequent clashes between Myanmar security forces and Buddhist rebels in Rakhine state have spread alarm among thousands of Rohingya refugees living in no-man's-land on the country's border with Bangladesh, as concerns grow over the intensified fighting. More than... More

China’s Belt and Road Initiative -A bargaining chip for Suu Kyi

Years after the launch of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and several meetings between top officials from China and Myanmar, the government formed a steering committee for the implementation of tasks relating to the BRI in... More

Myanmar gov’t accuses AA of having ties with ARSA

The Myanmar President’s Office on Monday accused the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic Rakhine armed group responsible for last week’s deadly attacks on four police outposts, of having ties to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a... More

Old wounds, fresh denial in Myanmar over the Rohingya

Myanmar’s year was framed by the horrific residues of 2017 — the flight from death and destruction of over 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees, the largest tragic migration in modern Asian history, and Myanmar’s denial of responsibility for... More

AA frees 14 Police, 4 women captured in attack on border posts

The Arakan Army (AA) said on Saturday it had released 14 Border Police officers and four civilian women captured during coordinated attacks on four border outposts in northern Rakhine State’s Buthidaung Township a day earlier. The group said... More

Rakhine rebels kill 13 Myanmar police in brazen raids

Thirteen Myanmar police officers were killed in raids Friday by ethnic Rakhine rebels, the army said, in a brazen, co-ordinated attack on the country's Independence Day which adds a dangerous new dimension to conflict in the restive... More

UNHCR seeks clarification from India over return of Rohingya

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has sought clarification from India over the return of Rohingya and regretted the India's decision. "UNHCR regrets India’s decision to repatriate a group of Rohingya to Myanmar, the second such return in three... More

Buddhist violence portends new threat to Myanmar

A sharp escalation in fighting between a heavily armed Buddhist militia and Myanmar’s military heralds a new threat to the conflict-ridden nation, just as it is seeing tentative progress in quelling other long-running ethnic and religious violence. The... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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