Myanmar

Torture, Rape in Myanmar

When soldiers went searching for militants in Myanmar's Rakhine state last October, the result for members of the Rohingya minority was disastrous. Villages were burned, men were killed, women were sexually abu...

Historic Chance for Myanmar Peace Probably Scuttled

The omens are far from rosy for a February meeting scheduled as a step forward in ending Myanmar's seven decades-long ethnic conflict.  The first meeting, held in September 2016, was named after the historic...

India Looks to Counter Chinese influence in Myanmar

The visit in late August of Myanmar President Htin Kyaw to India underscores Naypyidaw’s difficulties on the foreign policy front.While the State Counsellor and  Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi headed to Chin...

Myanmar’s Panglong Peace Summit Kicks Off

An important step towards returning peace to Myanmar, after more than six decades of civil war, kicks off today, Aug. 31, with the start of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference. Previous efforts to...

Aung San Suu Kyi Goes to China

In former times, Burmese and foreign observers considered Burma’s generals well versed at playing international powers off against one another. Now it is Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s current de facto leader, who i...

Myanmar’s Best Chance for Internal Peace

From the moment it took power earlier this year, Myanmar's new administration has promoted peace as its top priority. Authorities are pinning their hopes on the 21st Century Panglong Conference, named for the P...

Chaos in Myanmar’s Jadeite Industry

Somewhere in Mandalay in central Myanmar, a crane hoists a two-tonne rock onto an unobtrusive truck. Yawning, the truck driver secures the boulder and covers the open back with canvas. It is 2 am and the dr...

The Mytsone Dam: Myanmar’s NLD Dilemma

Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, is about to face a tough policy test: whether to restart or permanently halt the construction of the Myitsone Dam, a major irritant in Sin...

Myanmar’s New Democracy’s First Task: Ethnic Conflict

The swearing in on March 30 of Htin Kyaw, a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), as Myanmar’s first truly civilian President since 1962 might seem the light at the end of the tunnel...

The Challenges to Democracy in Myanmar

Priscilla Clapp is the former chief of mission at the US Embassy in Myanmar. In an extended report for the Washington, DC-based Council on Foreign Relations, she analyzes the results of the November 2105 el...