The Irrawaddy profiles the individuals and issues that shaped headlines in 2018, for better or worse.
Peace Commission’s ambitious ‘Business for Peace’ initiative calls for armed ethnic groups to establish public companies
UPDJC bloc disavows comments, which upset Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Rakhine politicians say major parties have never been asked to self-censor
The government and the Karenni National Progressive Party say they have agreed to hold formal talks to improve relations later this month in Karenni State.
The peace process appears stuck and at risk of giving up hard-won gains. Dateline Irrawaddy discusses what needs to be done to turn the momentum around.
Karenni group urges Naypyitaw to implement bilateral deals reached under former administration
Addition of two signatories unlikely to ease armed conflict in country’s far north, however