As peaceful protest hardens into resistance—albeit with makeshift weapons—and ethnic armies side with the people, all-out war appears increasingly unavoidable.
There is plenty of blame to go around, and all involved share a responsibility to resolve the crisis.
A former Australian ambassador argues that the lessons of history and the changes in Myanmar society show the junta can’t win in the long run.
Will the current transition lead Myanmar back into authoritarian rule, or is the country on the verge of finally breaking its historical cycle of thwarted opportunities?
The individual priorities of the grouping’s members were on display at its recent foreign ministers’ meeting on Myanmar.
Protecting the Tatmadaw’s ruthless generals as they oppress their own people is a tradition among Southeast Asian leaders; sadly, little appears to have changed.
The arrests came just hours before the scheduled opening of the new, NLD-dominated Parliament; party spokesman says military may try to force official handover of power.
Will Myanmar see another coup? The answer depends on whether the military’s views have evolved beyond those that drove Gen. Ne Win to seize power over half a century ago.
The Tatmadaw and the USDP have been banging this drum since before voters went to the polls, ignoring their landslide loss to the National League for Democracy.
Given Beijing’s support for the government—not to mention its views on democracy—did the senior general really expect Wang Yi to sympathize with his voter fraud claims?
Americans are learning what happens when a large part of the population loses confidence in the political system—something other countries understand all too well.
It is tempting to savor the irony of Washington being lectured on democracy and rule of law, but we must hope a chastened US will again lead the free world by example.
U Zaw Htay dismissed a legal challenge against the two leaders as sour grapes by the losers of the Nov. 8 general election.
The Irrawaddy asks prominent individuals in various walks of life about how the events of 2020 impacted them, the lessons they drew and their hopes for the coming year.
Ruling party candidate who lost to U Than Htay in Zayarthiri says he has recordings of the ex-general engaging in racial, religious incitement during campaign speeches.