The Other Ethnic Crisis in Myanmar

January 10, 2018

Displacement and human rights abuses in northern Myanmar underscore the need for international pressure on Myanmar’s military. With more than 650,000 people fleeing their homes, the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority by the Myanmar military has reached unprecedented proportions. But...

The World This Week: Rohingyas Turn Refugees, Suu Kyi Stays Silent

September 10, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi fails to stand up to virulent nationalism based on ethnicity and religion that has led to the terrible persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar. This has been a week of natural and manmade disasters. Hurricane Irma has followed hard on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, leaving a...

Saudi Arabia’s Colliding Interests in Myanmar

April 18, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s support for the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar is expected to continue for some time. Despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s decades-old image as an embattled political prisoner and proponent of ardent reform as an opponent of the previous military government in Myanmar, her new role...

Humanitarian Access More Than “Necessary” in Myanmar

January 09, 2017

The international community must continue to demand access and not accept simple ambiguous statements from the Myanmar government. A new dangerous dynamic has been unleashed in western Myanmar since the October 2016 attack by a group of Rohingya militants and the subsequent Burmese army...

The Asia Pacific in 2017

January 02, 2017

Chye Shu Wen provides a round-up of events in 2016 and highlights what can be expected in 2017. There is no doubt that 2016 will go down as a year that overwhelmed the Asia Pacific: Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the region; the electoral wins of Taiwan’s first...