Despite numerous informal peace talks, fighting continues and trust is in short supply. But both sides now believe a formal summit can be held in January.
Domestic reform is necessary to establish Myanmar as a rights-respecting nation.
Failing to learn lessons from existing projects, officials tout the benefits of BRI projects while ignoring locals’ fears of land-grabs, lost livelihoods and pollution.
This week’s jailing of a satirical performance troupe continues a worrying trend of official legal action against critics of the government and military.
The Restoration Council of Shan State claims the military is trying to undermine the peace process.
Despite the government’s vow to boost efficiency, Myanmar’s budget deficit has widened annually under the NLD. The Irrawaddy examines the state’s inflows and outflows.
Under the NLD government, inflation has rebounded after an initial fall, while prices have risen steadily. The Irrawaddy’s infographics illustrate key data since 2016.
As insurgent threats mount, the military’s calls for a top-level security meeting grow louder.
While they value the business, locals in the tourism industry say the govt opened the door to mass tourism from China without considering cultural, environmental impacts.
Ethnic leaders say the ruling party’s new Ethnic Affairs Committee is evidence that the NLD would rather compete for votes than cooperate with ethnic parties.
Building dykes to protect the flood-prone site of the mega-project will cost an estimated $100 million—and that doesn’t cover the inevitable impact on surrounding areas.
Foreign direct investment in the country has increased sharply this year, but concerns over infrastructure, unclear procedures and the Rakhine issue remain.
Proposals elucidated by the Union government at peace talks in Chiang Mai on Monday offer little that’s new in terms of ideas for moving Myanmar’s peace process forward.
Ethnic alliance’s attacks in areas crucial to the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor raise doubts about the two countries’ ‘peace will follow development’ strategy.
Deadly attacks in townships in Mandalay Region and Shan State on Thursday morning portend ill for the future of peace negotiations in Myanmar.