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...

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Defense of Genocide

December 13, 2019

The specter of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, standing before the UN’s highest legal body to defend Myanmar against charges of genocide is striking. Suu Kyi was once the revered face of international human rights, but she is now defending the most indefensible of crimes. But beyond...

The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

January 02, 2019

Bangladesh and the UN must continue to work together to improve the conditions for nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees. The year 2018 was a dire and desperate year for the Rohingya minority from western Myanmar. Two-thirds of the population that had been living in western Rakhine State before the...

What You Missed in the UN Rohingya Report

September 05, 2018

The report is damning in its conclusions that the UN “demonstrably failed” in its approach in Myanmar, prioritizing democratic and development efforts at the expense of human rights. On August 27, the UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released a...

A Rohingya Genocide in the Making

December 15, 2016

Myanmar is witnessing an ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.  As the world’s attention is focused on the tragedy of Aleppo, a small pocket of western Myanmar is witnessing a genocide of its own in the making. In response to recent attacks against the police by Rohingya militants, the...

The Rohingya Issue is More Than a Humanitarian Crisis

February 09, 2016

The ongoing religious tension fueled by extremism may become a substantial threat to Myanmar's democracy. With a new parliament sworn in and the date for selecting a new president fast approaching, Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is now tasked with laying the foundation...

Myanmar Still Has a Long Way To Go

November 25, 2015

The new government has its hands full in bringing a more inclusive and genuine democratic system to Myanmar. By most accounts, November 8 marked a watershed moment in Myanmar’s struggle for democracy. For a country with a long history of military rule, there are plenty of reasons for...

In Myanmar, the Difficult Part Starts Now

November 13, 2015

The elections might be over, but the political battles have only just begun. On November 8, Myanmar went to the polls in a relatively hassle-free and clean fashion. Having witnessed events on the ground in Yangon, I applaud and congratulate the people of the country on what is shaping up to be a...

Yes, Myanmar is a Democracy With An Asterisk

November 12, 2015

Myanmar’s constitution awards a quarter of its parliament to the military. But that’s not Aung San Suu Kyi’s biggest problem by a long shot. On November 8, voters went to the polls in Myanmar to elect a new parliament. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)—Nobel Peace Prize...

Election Will Shape Pace of Reform in Myanmar

October 21, 2015

The upcoming polls represent a watershed moment for Myanmar’s emerging democracy. Myanmar’s Union Election Commission has announced that elections will go ahead on November 8 as planned, despite earlier reports of potential delays. The elections are widely expected to result in...

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