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.

Time for a Genuine Commitment to Rule of Law

Successive governments in this country have used overly broad or vaguely defined laws to curtail freedom of expression that is protected under international law.

Myanmar’s recent election was a truly historic moment for the country. While elections are only one step on the path toward democracy, the people of Myanmar were able for the first time in decades to freely express their desire for change and their repudiation of military rule based on fear, divisions and hate. It is […]

Author Nilanjana Sengupta waxes philosophical about what nationalism means in Burma through an examination of Suu Kyi’s literary preferences.

Failing to Protect Women, In Burma and Beyond

A new report by the Karen Women’s Organization examines the results of legal cases related to sexual-and gender-based violence in Thailand’s refugee camps.

Over the election period, there has been an obvious focus on Aung San Suu Kyi and her future political role in Burma. Many articles and comments have been very critical of both her style of leadership and her statements, or lack of, on many of the most serious human rights issues facing the country. In […]

RANGOON — The outcome of the Nov. 8 elections will shape the direction of Burma’s democratic transition. It has been billed as the first “free and fair” election in decades. Burma’s quasi-presidential system means commanding a ruling majority in Parliament isn’t necessary to enact legislation. What is crucial for the major political parties is that […]


As election day approaches, it is worth remembering what happened 25 years ago, the last time Burma had a free and fair poll—and by regional standards, that election was astonishingly free and fair. But the euphoria of May 27, 1990, when the National League for Democracy (NLD) scored a landslide victory, turned into dismay and […]

The Peace That We Envision

The international community may be able to help Burma achieve peace, but only if they can learn to listen to the voices of ethnic minorities.

Posthumous Award Revives Memories of a Shan Prince

The late Sao Kya Seng, the last Shan prince of Hsipaw, is honored with a Distinguished Achievement Medal commending outstanding professional achievements.

The durability of the Burmese military establishment can be explained in reference to several key bulwarks. In military parlance, these might be referred to as ‘defensive lines,’ employed to ensure the army’s preeminent position. The first key attribute of power is its monopoly of force, selectively applied both in actuality and through intimation. But even […]

Ringed by police and army checkpoints, Aung Mingalar in Sittwe is a stark ongoing reminder of the deadly communal violence that rocked Arakan State in 2012.

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