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.

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 […]

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