Inviting junta representatives to attend ASEAN meetings only legitimizes the military regime.
The bloc’s ‘too little, too late’ response to Myanmar’s crisis is emblematic of a wider inability to deal effectively with challenges from COVID to the China-US rivalry.
Than Shwe envisioned permanent political supremacy for the military. Thein Sein’s attempt to realize it was rejected by the people. Min Aung Hlaing’s coup is Plan B.
Despite the wishful thinking of the past decade, the Tatmadaw leadership have never accepted basic democratic norms like elections, and they never will.
The party embodies the people’s desire for a better future; Gen Z activists’ ingenuity and determination offer hope that the struggle to achieve this is in good hands.
The coup makes Wa integration with the rest of Myanmar even less likely; for now, both the UWSA and the junta will make the most of mutually beneficial ties with China.
Do the Tatmadaw’s generals and their cohorts believe the absurd fictions they use to justify their takeover and repressive rule? The answer is probably yes.
Economic interests and the bloc’s adherence to noninterference continue to overwhelm any qualms that may exist regarding the junta’s violence and rights violations.
Detained yet again by the generals who despise her, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s only ‘mistake’ has been to honor her commitment to the people who chose her as their leader.
Academic Mon Mon Myat argues that Myanmar should look beyond a military dictator and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
A US author’s account of the challenges facing a Kachin activist/businessman and a Bamar photojournalist takes on added resonance in the wake of the Feb. 1 military coup.
The UN and world powers risk being disregarded as powerless and inconsequential if the junta is not made to pay a heavier price for its actions.
The People’s Party, chaired by 1988 student protest leader U Ko Ko Gyi, and the Arakan Front Party will attend the meeting; many pro-democracy parties are boycotting.
Thai authorities should intensify dialogue with all stakeholders to increase awareness of a draft law requiring NGOs to clarify their funding sources.
Armed groups in Kachin and Karen States are battling regime forces and offering shelter and support to anti-coup protesters.