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?

Aung San Suu Kyi is the rightful leader of Burma, but if the 2008 Constitution cannot be amended now, then the Lady will have to formulate a back-up plan.

Keeping it Clean: Renewable Energy a Better Way for Myanmar   

Energy options built around solar and wind in partnership with communities could flourish in Myanmar if policy and regulations are clear, simple and stable.

Fair Share: Toward an Equitable Resource Revenue System

Building consensus, decentralization, and improving transparency are crucial steps in ensuring the fair sharing of profits from Burma’s natural resources.

 On Union Day, let a new and truly nationwide peace process commence: one which mobilizes women and recognizes ethnic communities as primary stakeholders.

Given his close ties to Suu Kyi, speculation has mounted over whether Shwe Mann will be handed an influential political position under the new government.

Newly elected lawmakers assumed their seats for the first time Monday in a Parliament many hope will stand for a more just and democratic political order.

Old Burma Meets New in Parliament

On the eve of the commencement of the new National League for Democracy (NLD)-dominated Parliament, The Irrawaddy revisits a story from the archives which took the pulse of the national legislature in July 2012, when Aung San Suu Kyi and her party colleagues took up their seats as lawmakers for the first time following an April by-election.

As Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to lead a National League for Democracy-led government—at least “from above”—the country’s army chief is not sitting idly.

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