Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

April 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus...

Myanmar: What Comes Next for Minority Groups?

February 10, 2021

The military coup in Myanmar has been widely denounced as a lethal blow to a fledgling democracy. But it also increases the likelihood of further atrocities and mass displacement. The world cannot forget that the Myanmar military is the same institution that led the campaign...

No Democratic Guarantee in Myanmar and US

October 27, 2020

The presidential elections in Myanmar have been set for November 8, just days after the US goes to the polls on November 3. Both countries have a history of keeping minorities in line by blocking their ability to vote and hold office. A brief comparison between the two is enough to illustrate...

The New Policy of Demoting Democracy

October 16, 2020

In November 2000, the battle between George W. Bush and Al Gore for the US presidency was deadlocked over the status of a few thousand votes in Florida. Gore had won the popular vote, but the margin of victory in the Electoral College depended on Florida. In that state, Bush held a very slim lead...

Governments Must Recognize the Importance of the Youth

October 07, 2020

In 2015, world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly agreed to 17 goals for a better world. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the aim is to meet these objectives by the year 2030 in a bid to end poverty, achieve gender equality, ensure access to quality education,...

The West Must Help Myanmar Escape China’s Embrace

July 29, 2020

On July 2, Myanmar became the only country in India’s immediate neighborhood to accuse China of interference in its internal affairs. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the Tatmadaw or the combined armed forces of Myanmar, accused China of arming terrorist groups like the...

COVID-19 Arrives in Refugee Camps

May 18, 2020

The news on May 14 that two Rohingya refugees have tested positive for the coronavirus in the densely-populated camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, is chilling for those who have been drawing attention to the vulnerability of refugees and other displaced people to the COVID-19 pandemic. It...

Bringing Stranded Workers in Indian Cities Back to Their Villages

April 30, 2020

In India, as the national lockdown was extended till May 3, it is incredible that the government failed to do what it should have done a month ago. Heart-rending images of stranded people in cities all over the country, desperately trying to make sense of the sudden loss of home, hearth and...

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Migrant Workers Are Being Overlooked

April 30, 2020

Up until April, the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore had largely been kept under control, to the extent that it was considered one of the best examples of pandemic response in the world. By speedily rolling out measures — including contact tracing, aggressive testing and isolating potential...

Coronavirus Makes Indonesians Get Online

At the time of publishing, around 9,800 Indonesians are confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Although the central government had been slow in enforcing self-quarantine measures, the hashtag #dirumahaja (or #WorkFromHome) is trending on social media as more...

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