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Strategic Patience: Keeping Burma's Reforms on Track

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Burma's President Thein Sein and ethnic armed groups recently endorsed a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), which could bring an end to 60 years of ethnic conflict. The interim accord is the result of torturous negotiations over several years. However, the peace process is far from complete. Pressure on the parties is still needed for a final accord.

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.

Will Myanmar's Military Reform?

Stanley Weiss | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Does the country's future lie with Min Aung Hlaing or with Than Shwe? It's a question Myanmar will have to sort out for itself--but, in the meantime, the U.S. could be doing much more to tip the scales towards reform.

Is Burma's 'Gorbachev' Really a Reformer?

Rena Pederson | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Rena Pederson

When he visited Washington, D.C. two years ago, Burma's new president was being hailed as an "Asian Gorbachev." America's capital rolled out the podiums and cocktail receptions because it appeared a "Burma Spring" was underway -- or at least a winter thaw. But has the former general turned out to be the reformer everyone hoped?

In Myanmar, a Former Hijacker Finds His Own 'Middle Path,' Without Regrets

Tom Nagorski | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Tom Nagorski

Returning to Myanmar after a quarter century, one is confronted constantly by reminders of how much the country has changed.

Conflict Flares in Myanmar as Reforms Slip Into Reverse

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Friends of liberty worldwide should offer aid and support to Burmese activists seeking to transform what remains an authoritarian system. Such assistance best comes outside of the U.S. government, lest democracy promotion be seen as yet another tool of American foreign policy.

From Myanmar, With Love: An Ancient Buddha's Historic Journey to New York City

Tom Nagorski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Tom Nagorski

The staff members gathered in the museum gallery as the moment came for their loved one to be carried downstairs. The deputy director and other museum staff were crying.

Lawyer Demands New Inquiry In Death Of Myanmar Journalist

Reuters | Posted 02.01.2015 | Media

* Freelance journalist died after being detained by army * His wife, rights groups believe he was tortured * United Stat...

Burma's Slave or Burma's Save: Democratic Reforms, Human Rights, and the Reluctant Generals of Myanmar

Jack Healey | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

In Burma, if one were to mention "the election" on the street this morning, the listener would likely not conjure up concern for the productivity and potential of Obama's final two years holding office, but rather of the possibility of Aung San Suu Kyi holding it and being able to create durable and sustainable reconciliation in a divided nation.

Obama's Visit and Suu Kyi's Political Future

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

Though the priority of Obama's trip is to attend the regional summit, other pressing issues of bilateral ties between the United States and Myanmar are expected to be discussed.

No Easy Solution for Myanmar's Rakhine Crisis

Kyle Knight | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

Chris Lewa, the director of The Arakan Project, a research and advocacy group that monitors Rakhine State, told IRIN the number of Rohingyas that have fled western Myanmar since 2012 has now topped 100,000.

Burma is at a Crossroads? Again?

Jack Healey | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

That there has been major change happening is certainly true. But much more needs to be done, and as quickly as possible in some areas. The very nature of human rights suggests (or certainly should suggest) that they are universal and irrevocable.

Myanmar's Lady vs. The Dragon

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Speculation remains high in Myanmar as to if and when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to China, which was one of the strongest supporters of the previous military government and remains highly influential in the country's affairs.

Myanmar Frees 69 Prisoners In 'Loving Kindness'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

YANGON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Myanmar released 69 political prisoners on Friday in an amnesty the government described as an act of "loving kindness" i...

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

Living at the Gates of Myanmar's 'Industrial Revolution'

Burma Journal | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Burma Journal

The family migrated from the largely agricultural Delta region to Yangon two years ago, settling here in the Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone, home to some of Myanmar's biggest manufacturers, making products ranging from shoes to soda pop to allergy medicine.

Obama, Take Note: Wireless Revolution Is Coming in Myanmar

Jerrold D. Green | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Jerrold D. Green

Threats still exist for foreign telecom companies looking to enter the market in Myanmar -- from regulatory risk to civil unrest and political concerns. These are very real considerations for companies making investment decisions.

Can Burma Take a Lesson From George Washington?

Rena Pederson | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Rena Pederson

A series of decision points for Thein Sein will soon tell whether Burma means business: Will the military-dominated Constitution be liberalized to allow more inclusion? Will cease-fires with ethic groups be honored? Will more political prisoners be released?

Myanmar Frees 20 Political Prisoners

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 07.17.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's president pardoned at least 20 political prisoners on Friday, just ahead of an historic state visit to the United St...

Aung San Suu Kyi -- Silence to Genocide?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Recognition is a blessing but also an obligation towards those marginalized, oppressed, and ultimately targeted/victimized. Voices are now literally and figuratively being silenced by killings on one hand and a desire to only see the best in a new Myanmar.

Questions for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

Freedom House | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Freedom House

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for Senator John Kerry, who has been nominated as the next U.S. secretary of state. Kerry’s c...

Myanmar Is a Test of U.S. Engagement in Asia

David L. Phillips | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

President Obama's recent trip to Myanmar is the first by a sitting U.S. president. Human rights groups say the trip was premature. For sure, more work is needed to consolidate peace and progress in Myanmar. But Obama made the right decision.

Obama Is Getting Rangoon Right, We Should Too

Jack Healey | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Jack Healey

As democracy and decency and fairness spreads throughout the land of Burma, there will be time for arguments, clarifications, and dissent. For now, let us stick with the Mandela of Asia whose name everyone now knows.

Violence In Myanmar Ahead Of Obama Visit

AP | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Ethnic rebels in northern Myanmar staged a deadly attack on a prison convoy, state media reported Friday, highlighting one of...

Myanmar Prez Makes Historic Trip To NYC

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's reformist president left Monday for New York to tout his country's makeover at the United Nations and push for an end to ...