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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Accusations of Genocide Rock Myanmar’s Transition

November 07, 2015

With claims of genocide in Myanmar, the international community has failed to usher the country through its democratic transition. Al Jazeera English recently broadcast a documentary, which was supported by a Yale Law School report, that accused the Myanmar government of an orchestrated campaign...

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