Janes’ Anthony Davis says Myanmar’s highly motivated PDFs have taken their resistance against an arrogant and ineffective Myanmar military into a crucial second phase.
Khun Tun Oo, the former Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman, has died of natural causes after a lifetime working to establish a federal democracy.
With junta forces exhausted by fighting across the country, the regime wants a ceasefire with ethnic armed organizations to allow it to focus on resistance groups.
The powerful ethnic army said the planned talks lack a substantive agenda and exclude key players, seen as a reference to the shadow govt and People’s Defense Force.
Min Aung Hlaing’s offer of dialogue with ethnic armed organizations is a sign he knows the junta faces an uphill battle against the resistance movement.
A loose federation based on overlapping ethnicities and common values, with an illegitimate central government, is being created by the junta’s blunders.
To mark the 77th Armed Forces Day today, The Irrawaddy revisits a 2017 profile of the WWII Japanese officer who was instrumental in creating Myanmar’s modern military.
Along with China’s moves in the South China Sea and Myanmar’s coup, the invasion of Ukraine has introduced another fault line among the bloc’s members.
The Arakan Army forced the regime to release its members in Myanmar’s jails in exchange for sending a delegation to Naypyitaw.
The Kachin Independence Army has marked the 75th anniversary of the 1947 Panglong Agreement by demanding the National Unity Government revive its federal vision.
Also this week, Cambodia’s PM jumped the gun, diplomats snubbed the junta foreign minister, a loyal officer was promoted and a flag relay was held amid a COVID surge.
The UNODC continues to spread misinformation about drug production in Myanmar, while providing cover for official complicity in the narcotics trade.
A year after the coup, the regime has no popular support, lacks territorial control and global legitimacy, and its diplomats are barred from international meetings.
History shows that the generals will only negotiate when under severe military pressure or in a weakened position.
The Arakan Army has used the ceasefire with regime forces in Rakhine State in western Myanmar to establish its own separate administration.