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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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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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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 […]

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NLD–Army compact as new framework for Myanmar politics?

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Following the overwhelming victory for the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s elections, TREVOR WILSON considers what could happen next. In voting overwhelmingly for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Aung San Suu Kyi last week, many voters said they hoped the new government would bring about a fundamental […]