In this pre-election year, defenders of democracy must remain vigilant against any development that could disrupt preparations for the 2020 vote.
The SSPP's vice chairman says his group wants to settle its fight with the RCSS in Shan State peacefully and that the military's four-month ceasefire is not likely to achieve much.
A look back on the most popular stories published by The Irrawaddy during 2018.
The Irrawaddy profiles the individuals and issues that shaped headlines in 2018, for better or worse.
As projects of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor get started, a senior government official says loans from China will only be accepted on fair terms and with low-interest rates.
The reclusive former strongman continues to see a political role for himself and the military, which still takes cues from him.
Former or serving military officers now head nearly a quarter of Myanmar's 25 ministries, and run some powerful commissions besides.
The prominent democracy activist discusses his party's plans for winning seats, negotiating with the military and managing Myanmar's relations with the international community.
Opposition party, finance company accused of arranging loans for constituents ahead of vote
Some of the candidates who lost a race to the USDP question the ballots the military-backed party won in early voting on military bases, where monitoring is heavily restricted.
Increasingly out of touch with voters, the NLD’s failure to tackle economic issues and its own structural problems could force it into alliances with ethnic parties in the next e
By Saturday evening, ruling party was facing defeat to USDP and ethnic parties in five races; full results due Sunday
The ruling party has vowed to start delivering on its promises, but it faces a tough fight in ethnic areas and a newly confident USDP in Saturday’s vote
A new strategy paper from German industry makes clear that German firms cannot afford to turn their backs on China but urges them to reassess their presence there.
An entrenched, male-dominated ‘security approach’ has left the peace process deadlocked.