Category: Myanmar

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Radical uncertainty: Myanmar at a critical juncture

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There are moments in history when time itself seems compressed, when so many shocking and important events crowd together that it becomes almost impossible to keep track of them, writes Jonathan Bogais The past few weeks in Myanmar have certainly been vertigo-inducing. The extreme violence perpetrated by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military), Buddhist nationalist militias and […]

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Latest Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

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World attention returns to the ongoing crisis for the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Trevor Wilson assesses the situation in light of recent developments International media were overwhelmed at the end of August 2017 by reports of widespread attacks by Myanmar’s military forces against elements of the Rohingya population. This occurred once again in northern Rakhine […]

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Why Suu Kyi fiddles while Rohingya homes burn

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As persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingyas accelerates, questions are being asked about why democracy icon and Nobel peace prizewinner Aung San Suu Kyi does not act to stop the violence, writes Damien Kingsbury. As 2017 begins to unfold, the persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingyas has accelerated. Since the beginning of the year, the UN says […]

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Myanmar’s democratic anniversary: what is there to celebrate?

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The NLD government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has been struggling to overcome its lack of political and administrative experience, Trevor Wilson reports. It is just over a year since Myanmar’s historic 8 November 2015 democratic election, although only nine months since the National League of Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, […]

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Pitfalls ahead as Myanmar advances along democratic road

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Facing challenges on many fronts, the first priority for Myanmar’s new government is to curb the country’s systemic violence While seemingly dissimilar in every respect, Myanmar and the Middle East have arrived at an eerily similar ‘historical moment’ in their political trajectories. Both find themselves confronted by a range of domestic issues defined by pluralising […]

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Myanmar: partial transfer of power ‘just around the corner’?

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Myanmar’s post-1962 history of ‘power transfers’ by the military is cause for wariness, writes MYINT ZAN. In late 1973, an article titled ‘Power transfer just around the corner’ appeared in the government-controlled and now-defunct English-language newspaper The Guardian, published in Rangoon. A little history of that ‘transfer of power’ is in order. On 2 March […]