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.
A reluctance to engage with or listen to the wishes of ethnic communities and political parties mean the NLD will be more contested than ever in the upcoming election.
The Kachin State People’s Party is working to get other ethnic alliance parties on board for a coalition government focusing on better rights for Myanmar’s ethnic population.
The military says the move aims to foster constructive peace talks with ethnic armed groups that have not yet signed the NCA.
UPDJC secretariat member U Khin Zaw Oo vents apparent frustration with EAOs’ decision to boycott formal talks.
KNU chief says aim of Chiang Mai meeting of PPCM was to move peace process forward; Tatmadaw says Bangkok attaché, not commander-in-chief, asked Thai army to intervene.
Chiang Mai summit of NCA signatories considers scrapping its Steering Team
To mark what would have been his 100th birthday today, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2013 article on the late novelist and poet Dagon Taya.
Karenni party, Loikaw gov’t agree to keep channels open at meeting attended by military, Union-level officials
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.