Many seem to think that Myanmar's civil war would surely end if all armed groups would only sign the NCA. But the NCA does not deliver what they crave most — self-determination.
Gov’t eager to resume formal peace process, U Tun Tun Oo says at talks with KNU
In a wide-ranging interview, the US envoy gives The Irrawaddy his thoughts on the many domestic and international challenges facing Myanmar, and the state of the bilateral relation
"The Tatmadaw is focusing its efforts on peace and stability and would like to urge the parties to join hands,” Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing told political party leaders in Naypyita
The ruling party may be able to chip away at the military's proxies and business interests. But tinkering with its constitutional privileges may prove a step too far.
Declaring a state of emergency or inserting more troops will not solve the root causes of the conflict.
Estranged from his former Army colleagues, and with his partnership with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi showing signs of strain, the retired general seems to be out in the cold.
While ethnic minority parties want chief ministers elected by local lawmakers, they are concerned that it could end up giving even more power to the military.
American political scientist Francis Fukuyama said in an interview that the rise of identity politics was "an unhealthy situation for democracy to be in when people line themselves
A press conference on Saturday heard the military saying they would step back from politics when there are no ethnic armed groups and the country is in peace.
The talks aim to pave the way for formal talks in Naypyitaw, but the extent to which the groups can push forward in negotiating their demands remains to be seen.
With a verdict due soon for the prominent lawyer's accused assassins, The Irrawaddy reviews the most controversial moments of Myanmar's most high-profile case in recent history.
Meanwhile, KIO says it is not bound by Tatmadaw’s four-month truce
At this year's event, ethnic armed groups have a golden opportunity to start settling their differences peacefully and devise a new path to peace with the government and military.
U Zaw Htay says AA ‘not excluded’ from peace process; gov’t is prioritizing assistance to IDPs in Rakhine