Leaders in Kachin objected to an “inaccurate and misleading” statement released by the Chinese embassy claiming they support the resumption of the controversial Myitsone projec
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.
A look back on the most popular stories published by The Irrawaddy during 2018.
Conflicting values of nationalism and liberal democracy in Myanmar creates hindrances for political reform and the implementation of democracy.
The Irrawaddy profiles the individuals and issues that shaped headlines in 2018, for better or worse.
The ruling Awami League unveiled its election manifesto on Tuesday, making sweeping promises to eradicate poverty and boost the economy.
Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s speech at an army academy graduation warned of external elements threatening Myanmar—much like speeches given by him and his predecessors in the past.
Recently enacted laws have made it increasingly difficult to report freely, especially on issues surrounding corruption, human rights abuses and bad governance.
A small but high-profile group of liberal activists is growing increasingly disillusioned with the administration Myanmar voted into power with sky-high hopes three years ago.
Former or serving military officers now head nearly a quarter of Myanmar's 25 ministries, and run some powerful commissions besides.
Ethnic affairs reporter Lawi Weng writes that the RCSS have their sights set on moving north for improved border trade, a stronger armed force and, preferably, no TLNA rivalry.
The prominent democracy activist discusses his party's plans for winning seats, negotiating with the military and managing Myanmar's relations with the international community.
Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses.
Pro-democracy activists criticize that the junta has restricted fundamental civil rights.