The Burma Army’s refusal to halt its offensive campaigns has fueled skepticism and undermined the trust required for peace with ethnic armed groups.


Disunity among ethnic armed groups may result in irreconcilable demands, frustrating Suu Kyi’s plans for a ‘21st Century Panglong Conference.’

Burma’s Right to Information Movement Can Learn From India

A grassroots movement started in rural India in the 1980s overturned a decades-old policy of government secrecy. Burma could learn a lot from this process.

Why is Min Aung Hlaing, the Burma Army’s Commander-in-Chief, cozying up to Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy? And will it work?

The National League for Democracy risks losing the support of ethnic groups if it continues to ignore their demands and engaging in petty party politics.

International media have misconstrued Suu Kyi’s necessarily cautious policy as collaboration with the generals, but the need for inclusive dialogue in Arakan State remains urgent.

Parliament Proves Conflict-Averse, to Ethnic MPs’ Dismay

With the ruling party deferring on parliamentary deliberations of the recent conflict in western Burma, some say ethnic minorities’ constituents are being robbed of a voice.

Aung San Suu Kyi has had frosty relations with Japan because of Tokyo’s support for previous regimes. Now that she’s in charge, will that change?

Under Thein Sein’s leadership, the USDP expels 17 key members including Shwe Mann, but perhaps cannot remove him as easily as they had wished.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s diplomatic knowledge and skills will be tested by the complexity of both internal issues back home and current Southeast Asian politics.

With the NLD government’s inauguration complete, Burma could witness fundamental changes and surprises as it adjusts to a different balance of power.

From Strong Questions To Effective Decentralization in Burma

Reflecting on a workshop with regional parliamentarians, contributor Zawtuseng Nanggaw explores the importance of better questioning by members of govt.

Military leadership handpicks three ‘safe’ generals for the new cabinet after the appointment of an old regime protégé for the vice presidency.

Dangerous Path Toward Religious Extremism

Sanitsuda Ekachai explores whether the sentiments of Burma’s Buddhist nationalist group Ma Ba Tha could gain traction in Thailand.

As cabinet nominees are announced, the powerful National Defense and Security Council could be nearly split between the NLD and military.

As the NLD negotiates democratic space with the military, the UNHRC has a duty to maintain its scrutiny and remain steadfast in its past demands.

Htin Kyaw will soon show the world whether he has the political skills, maneuverability and diplomacy to handle the burden of Burma’s proxy presidency.

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s insistence that ethnic armed groups operate under his command is an obstacle to building peace in Burma. 

Oxfam’s Head of Global Campaigns reflects on a recent visit to Myanmar.

Since 2009, Thailand’s migration policy has enabled the regularization of irregular-entry migrant workers. Are we now seeing a deregularization process?

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