The Irrawaddy correspondendent William Boot speaks to economist Lex Rieffel about the challenges that lie ahead as Myanmar moves to reform its economy.
As 2013 approaches, astrologer San Zarni Bo predicts that Burma’s political and economic reforms will slow next year, although great things will happen soon after.
Amitav Ghosh, the internationally acclaimed author of The Glass Palace, talks to The Irrawaddy about his first visit to Burma in 15 years.
Kanthan Shankar, the World Bank’s country manager for Burma, tells The Irrawaddy about its new US $80 million interim strategy plan for community development projects.
The Norwegian ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar discusses the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative and recent concerns regarding resettling the displaced.
Aung Min, the Burmese government’s key negotiator in the peace process, speaks openly and in detail in an exclusive interview with The Irrawaddy.
Baptist Rev. Ja Gun discusses the historical roots of the present conflict between the Kachin Independence Organization and Burmese government as well as obstacles to peace and reconciliation.
Stanford University’s Larry Diamond met political parties, government officials and civil society groups during a recent trip to Burma and spoke to The Irrawaddy about its democratic transition.
Arakan history expert Dr. Jacques P. Leider gives an exclusive interview to The Irrawaddy on the subject of ethnic groups in western Burma in light of the recent sectarian strife.
Harald Bøckman, the chairperson of the Norwegian Burma Committee, speaks to The Irrawaddy about Norway’s efforts to redefine its role in Burma.
The Irrawaddy speaks to Khin Maung Sein, a Rangoon bookstore owner whose collection includes rare first-edition colonial works published in the 19th century.
Thomas Carothers, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, visited Burma in the run-up to the April 1 by-elections and thinks prospects look good for a democratic transition.
Amarylla Myatt has devoted her life to helping Burma’s neediest young people and already has 152 children who owe her their happiness.
The authors of a new book suggest that the Burmese military’s efforts to legitimize its rule through reforms could backfire and result in real change.
Paul Sitha, the assistant general secretary 1 of the Chin National Front, speaks about the group’s recent peace talks with the Burmese government.