Peace and Reconciliation Call For New Ways of Looking Back

National reconciliation requires recognizing the diverse, autonomous pasts of ethnic minority groups, which the current official history does not allow for.


Burmese society still tells girls not to ask questions and to accept being treated differently. Amid so much change, can the lot of women change too?

Talks during State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China should foster peace, encourage development and maintain mutually beneficial relations.

For the United Wa State Army, statehood, territory and relations with China all play into the group’s positions and goals throughout the peace process.

Burma’s former peace negotiator’s Machiavellian methods do not align with Aung San Suu Kyi’s desire to maintain integrity in the peace process.

For national reconciliation, Suu Kyi must build pragmatic, reconciliatory relations with former and current generals who once regarded her as their top enemy.

The government’s focus on resolving land disputes is welcome, but justice requires a careful approach sensitive to the complexities on the ground.

We shouldn’t romanticize too much about ‘The Lady’ and her capacity, as the political realities in Myanmar and Thailand remain daunting.

Credit Bureau Alone Won’t Overcome Limited Credit Access

A bureau providing credit histories would help level the playing field for lending, but broader financial sector reform is needed in Burma.

As conservative Buddhist nationalism grows in Myanmar it may extend into the secular and cultural spheres as well. 

It is the government’s responsibility to recognize wrongdoings that have happened before in the effort to bring national reconciliation.

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.

A Tale of Two Mega-Dams: Burma and Borneo

A nixed dam in Malaysian Borneo could provide useful parallels for opponents of the controversial Myitsone dam in Burma’s Kachin State.

Burma’s new government has a chance to end decades of ethnic conflict, but a new approach to the peace process may be in order.

Few next-door neighbors have moved so far in opposite political directions than Thailand and Myanmar, demonstrating the imperative of compromise in deeply polarized societies.

One of the most urgent questions that the incoming National League for Democracy government must answer concerns the fate of the suspended Myitsone dam.

It was one year ago that the world got another sad reminder of how far authorities in Myanmar will still go to stifle dissent.

The international community must not ease up on arms restrictions as Burma’s fragile peace process continues.

The Origins of Burma Migrant Worker Misery

Why, in the midst of Burma’s “economic boom,” are workers still migrating to seek employment in dangerous conditions in Thailand?

China and Burma: A New Government and a New Era?

While pursuing the policies necessary to establish a positive relationship, China has nonetheless maintained a sense of uncertainty about Suu Kyi’s intentions.

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