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
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the possible effects of the armed group’s deadly Jan. 4 attacks on both the domestic and regional security situations.
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.
The Myanmar military’s recent ceasefire announcement has earned it praise and lingering suspicion among ethnic leaders and observers.
The Irrawaddy profiles the individuals and issues that shaped headlines in 2018, for better or worse.
However, some observers are puzzled by the military’s willingness to deal with TNLA, AA and MNDAA
Standing Committee statement repeats objection to Tatmadaw’s “new” conditions for implementing the NCA
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses what lessons the ruling party can draw from its underwhelming performance in last week’s vote, which saw it win just seven of the 13 seats it c
The ruling party has vowed to start delivering on its promises, but it faces a tough fight in ethnic areas and a newly confident USDP in Saturday’s vote
An entrenched, male-dominated ‘security approach’ has left the peace process deadlocked.