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...

Time to Hold Myanmar’s Leaders Accountable

November 04, 2015

Will elections on November 8 mark a watershed moment for Myanmar’s transition toward democracy? For the last six decades, Myanmar’s political history—like its neighbor, Thailand—has been volatile and authoritarian at best. It has largely existed as a one-party, military-led state since...

Faith in Spirits Over Political Dreams in Myanmar

October 08, 2015

For many in Myanmar, spiritual guidance for economic prosperity is more important than democracy or politics. On a rainy September afternoon, hundreds of Burmese, mostly women and children, were jostling each other to get into a gated compound of a two-storey modern house in a Yangon...