Fighting has recently ceased between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army with civilians hoping the ceasefire can be extended into 2021.
The Irrawaddy discusses the issue with the executive director of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security in search of an answer.
In an unprecedented move, the NLD has followed its landslide victory with an overture for cooperation with ethnic political parties in the future.
Incoming UN special rapporteur on human rights Thomas Andrews’ ties to Fortify Rights—a group whose reporting on Myanmar has been discredited—are cause for concern.
Even before COVID-19, China’s economy was struggling due to over-investment, low productivity, modest consumer spending and demographic changes; its prognosis is bleak.
Three hopefuls from popular ethnic parties and a ruling party lawmaker touted their policies and grilled one another in a pre-election debate in Kachin State on Monday.
Along with Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and others, Myanmar is eyed by China to host infrastructure needed to expand its global military reach, a Pentagon report says.
With aid groups affected by lockdown orders and COVID-19 infections among staff, Rakhine State’s IDP camps are suffering a lack of basic food and health-care services.
Myanmar’s military and government have looked the other way as a megaproject backed by shadowy Chinese interests threatens peace and social stability in Karen State.
Relief groups joined the UN and ambassadors to call on the military and the Arakan Army to stop the violence in Rakhine as thousands have fled their homes since last week.
A new report by the Mine Risk Working Group says land mines have killed 26 civilians and injured over 100 since January, the majority of them in Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy talks with National League for Democracy Vice-Chairman Dr. Zaw Myint Maung about how the party plans to contest Myanmar’s general election in November.
The MPs have called for the Parliament Speaker to be removed over his handling of the charter change debate and for allegedly failing to fulfill his duties.
The Chinese government has decided not to set an annual GDP growth target for this year, citing the economic uncertainty amid COVID-19.
The Myanmar military and the AA, which are warring in the area, denied responsibility for the attack on a WHO vehicle carrying COVID-19 swabs from Rakhine to Yangon.