Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘We Will Have to Do More, Practically and Mentally’ By

Dr. Maung Maung Lay, vice chairman of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, discusses economic prospects and pitfalls.

‘I’m Afraid We Won’t Be Able to Sign the Agreement’ By

Gen. Gun Maw, vice chief of staff for the Kachin Independence Army, says that a national ceasefire agreement on Union Day is unlikely.


Former actress Daw Swe Zin Htike discusses her work in health and education projects and her push to encourage more female film directors.


Information Minister Ye Htut discusses the country’s reform process, criminal charges against journalists, the restructuring of state-owned media and Thein Sein’s political future.


American filmmaker Olivia Wyatt discusses her new documentary that explores the culture and mythology of the Moken—the nomadic “sea gypsies” of Burma and Thailand.

‘The Bubble Will Definitely Burst’ By

Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic Holdings, discusses a recent ADB loan, the resumption of services at Yoma Bank and Burma’s overheated property market.

‘We Have to Do Lots of Things to Fill the Gaps’ By

The director of the women’s group Phan Tee Eain (Creative House) talks about her plans to offer victims of sexual violence a refuge and counsel.

‘It Will Be Hard As It’s the First Time Committee Members Are Elected’ By

Mae Ohn Nyunt Wai is one of three women competing in the upcoming Rangoon Division Municipal Committee elections. She speaks about campaigning and her ambitions.

‘The Report Was Fabricated’ By

The widow of Aung Kyaw Naing is unconvinced by a report by Burma’s National Human Rights Commission concluding that her late husband was not tortured.

‘If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We?’ By

The Irrawaddy sits down with May Myat Mon Win, general manager of Rangoon’s luxurious Chatrium Hotel Royal, about the future of Burma’s booming hospitality sector.

‘Myanmar Needs to Talk About How to Deal With Its Past’ By

The Irrawaddy talks to the principal author of a recent report alleging that three senior Burmese government officials could be found guilty of war crimes.

‘Tastes Have Changed a Lot’ By

The Irrawaddy’s Ye Ni sits down with legendary singer Mun Awng to talk about his return to a changing musical scene in Burma.

‘The Only Way Is Forward’ By

As Coca-Cola and PepsiCo roll into Myanmar, one of the country’s most powerful beverage companies is busy strategizing its own next move.

‘I Consider Nothing to Have Changed’ By

Dr Thein Lwin, spokesman for National Network for Education Reform, says that the government’s command over the education system will stifle improvements to the sector.

‘There is No Support From the Government’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with Aung Myint, secretary of Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar, about his people-centered approach to development and institutional challenges to sustainable change.

Exclusive: The Irrawaddy Interviews US President Barack Obama By

US President Barack Obama answers The Irrawaddy’s questions about his visit, the reform process and the future of Burma’s democratic transition.

‘Constitutional Amendment Is an Internal Affair of Our Country’ By

Ahead of Asean and East Asia summits in Burma, Information Minister Ye Htut discusses the meetings and talks between President Thein Sein and President Obama.

‘Car Import Policy Has Changed About 10 Times’ By

Frequent import policy changes are hurting the car industry, says Soe Tun of the Farmer Auto Showroom.

‘Obama Should Express Concern About How the Reform Process Has Stalled’ By

John Sifton, Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division Advocacy Director, discusses how the US should address Burma’s stalling reforms, ethnic conflict and persecution of the Rohingya.

‘If We Don’t Defend Our People They Will Disappear’  By

Col. Saw Tun Tun, tactical commander of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, speaks about ethnic politics and the prospect of peace in Burma. 

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