This week, The Irrawaddy discusses how and when the military might be persuaded to relinquish its role in politics.
Critics see decision to air film on anniversary of coup as an attempt to legitimize its takeover—and as a warning that it could happen again.
The events of Sept. 18, 1988, and their bloody aftermath established a military presence in Myanmar’s political life that, three decades later, shows no signs of going away.
Already wielding considerable political power under the Constitution, and with the NLD making itself more unpopular by the day, why would it?
Unable to decipher our leaders’ carefully chosen words, many would-be analysts of Myanmar badly misread the political situation here.
There is little evidence that the government was involved, but the damage to the democratic transition has been done.
The late US senator’s support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi saw him banned from the country for 15 years; he later clashed with her government over the Rohingya.
State Counselor tells international audience in Singapore her government has made progress on Rakhine and the peace process, says Myanmar has ‘bright economic future’
Finding a way out of the protracted deadlock over the Constitution will require a level of leadership and political will that has so far been absent.
The Irrawaddy discusses Myanmar’s progress – or lack of – towards democracy since the ’88 uprising.
Event held to recall role of ‘Kabar Makyay Bu’ — Naing Myanmar’s reworking of ‘Dust in the Wind’ — in galvanizing protesters; its creator was censored by the military
Former US Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell has become the new president of an international nonprofit working to support democracy around the world.
Four years ago today, Myanmar lost one of its leading intellectual figures, U Win Tin. The Irrawaddy looks back on his enduring legacy.
The world will be watching as U Win Myint seeks to make good on economic, political promises
Lawmaker, activist remember U Ko Ni’s contributions during Indonesian trip to study conflict resolution.