Ignoring the Plight of the Rohingya is a Mistake

April 02, 2016

The State Department’s minimization of the plight of the Rohingya is sending dangerous, mixed messages to Myanmar and its neighbors. The US State Department’s recent declaration of the Islamic State (IS) being responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including...

Myanmar Still Has a Long Way To Go

April 10, 2015

Progress in Myanmar is incremental, but the country’s vulnerabilities remain visible to both locals and foreigners. As a traveler exploring Myanmar, the scale and pace of development in the country is hard to miss. Wherever you look, there is some form of construction or renovation — from...

Life Along Myanmar’s Yangon River

November 07, 2014

Myanmar has taken steps to escape political and economic isolation, but life along the Yangon River remains unchanged. The days here start early. At 4am, the docks of Lan Ma Daw jetty in Yangon are already bustling with people, from blurry-eyed students to laborers unloading basket-loads of...

Cutting Borders: Ethnic Tensions and Burmese Refugees

September 18, 2013

Ethnic tensions and xenophobia follow Burmese refugees across borders. Despite independence in 1948, Burma has been plagued by problems since the military junta took state control in 1962. Power struggles, conflict, occupation, resource extraction and ethnic tensions have all incited Burma’s...

Myanmar: Spotlight Brings New Dangers

June 06, 2013

Myanmar's new government has been quick to welcome Western leaders while hastily distancing themselves from China. The move is potentially dangerous due to the country's domestic situation. Myanmar has recently become the center of attention in the growing competition between China and the...