High Stakes in Myanmar’s Peace Process

High Stakes in Myanmar’s Peace ProcessThe Myanmar government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times.  The government’s chief negotiator, Aung Min, recently said he hopes to conclude such an agreement in September…

US Myanmar Policy Stalls

US Myanmar Policy StallsUnited States policy toward Myanmar is regarded by many as one of the most important successes of President Barack Obama’s first term. US engagement played a critical role in lending momentum to political reform in the country. But US-Myanmar relations have appeared somewhat stalled in Obama’s second term. In addition to human rights, communal tensions,…

Myanmar’s Military Goes Back to the Barracks

Myanmar’s Military Goes Back to the BarracksMyanmar’s feared military, the Tatmadaw, which dominated the country’s politics and economy for decades until democracy came in 2010, has been returning to the barracks much faster and more completely than anyone could have imagined, according to a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. The civilian government has won praise from government leaders…

Myanmar Stop-Go on Free Press

Myanmar Stop-Go on Free PressLast week Myanmar hosted a travelling circus of academics in Yangon for a “Challenges of a Free Press” conference organized by the East-West Center in Hawaii. Established by the US Congress in 1960 for policy studies and to build networks into the Asia-Pacific region, the center has 57,000 alumni worldwide. It radiates American media soft-power.…

Crisis Group Warns Against Myanmar Census

Crisis Group Warns Against Myanmar CensusThe Brussels-based International Crisis Group is warning that Myanmar’s nationwide census, planned for late Mar and April risks inflaming tensions at a critical moment in the country’s peace process and democratic transition. The crisis group called urgently for the census process to be amended to focus only on key demographic questions, postponing those which are…

Rosy Burmese Peace Talk Reports Are Deceptions

Rosy Burmese Peace Talk Reports Are DeceptionsInternational diplomatic communities and internationally recognized Burmese who are aiding the government’s peace negotiation team with its ethnic minorities have been painting a rosy picture of ceasefire negotiations for international investors. They are too rosy. Thant Myint-U, advisor of Myanmar Peace Center, the secretariat for the government’s peace negotiation, wrote in the Financial Times that,…
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