U Nu once famously described China and Burma as ‘the elephant and the lamb,’ and feared a Chinese invasion in the early 1950s.
25 The News For 25 April 2017
The former KNU vice chairperson heads a fated attempt for the ethnic armed organization’s leadership.
Laur Kiik talks with a Kachin elder who was at the root of the Myitsone resistance.
The victors of the recent Karen National Union Congress see off a competing faction that has more doubts about the peace process.
The Irrawaddy’s English editor explores govt policies, leadership style, inevitable legacies, and the continued existence of dark elements in Burma.
The leader of the Arakan National Party is victorious in the by-election thanks to a potent mixture of strategy, recognition, and ethno-nationalism.
The challenge for the delegation will be to act in Burma’s national interests, and to refrain from bending to Beijing’s dominance.
Burma’s by-elections are the most telling sign for the ruling NLD party as to whether it still enjoys the popular support it received in the 2015 election.
Candidates are slightly younger, there are marginally more women, and religious diversity has taken a hit.
Allegations that some Karen leaders have become relatively well-off have given rise to legitimate questions from their constituents.
It is time to stop living under the illusion that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her government will match expectations and bring about concrete change.
Matthew J Walton looks at the controversy over a bridge in Mon State.
Aung San Suu Kyi and her government can show they are committed to the rule of law by cooperating and giving access to investigators.
After the recent UWSA-hosted Pangkham summit, analyst Liu Yun gives an update on the Wa’s part in Myanmar’s peace process.
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Behind the KNU Election Results
The Path to a New Country: Looking Back on One Year of NLD Rule
The Fall and Rise of Dr. Aye Maung
‘They Do Not Count Us’: Resisting the Myitsone Dam Beyond China, the US, and Big Geopolitics
Mon State’s Bridgegate: Ethnic Politics or Realpolitik?
Digging Into the By-Elections Data
Has the NLD Learned Nothing About Ethnic Concerns?
NLD Should Take By-election Results as a Wake-Up Call
Days of Discontent
The Rule of the Wa
A Hero to Remember