The reasons are many. For one, Myanmar's falling out with the West over the Rohingya crisis gives China leverage to insist on a project neither Naypyitaw nor locals want.
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The audacious rhetoric of the Arakan Army appeals to an ethnic group feeling decades of neglect and political isolation from the Union.
Analyst Joe Kumbun speculates that through China’s influence on the Tatmadaw, the BRI is helping the State Counselor achieve her political goals.
In this pre-election year, defenders of democracy must remain vigilant against any development that could disrupt preparations for the 2020 vote.
Conflicting values of nationalism and liberal democracy in Myanmar creates hindrances for political reform and the implementation of democracy.
With the Arakan Army effectively excluded from the ceasefire, some FPNCC members worry that the truce could split their alliance.
Materializing as it has in the midst of a stalemate in the peace process, the ceasefire has come about for a number of reasons.
In the face of economic and geopolitical influences, Mandalay would do better to work on preservation of its reputation as a cultural capital and promote its heritage and history.
Now is the right time for Myanmar's leaders not to isolate themselves in Naypyitaw but to engage and build trust with the G20.
However, some observers are puzzled by the military’s willingness to deal with TNLA, AA and MNDAA
As communities around the world hold events to mark Human Rights Day, The Irrawaddy revisits an article about the ill-fated student uprising of 1991 known as 10-D.
Amid mounting pressure from the international community, refusing to quash the unjust verdict of the three Kachin activists is wrong, writes analyst Joe Kumbun.
History suggests U Pe Myint’s assurances that state media will transparently report on the government’s activities are not to be believed.
The reclusive former strongman continues to see a political role for himself and the military, which still takes cues from him.
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