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...

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...

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...