Interview - The Irrawaddy
KBZ’s Nang Lang Kham: ‘Women Are Taking a Lead Role’

Women are “a force for national development” says Ma Nang Lai Kham of the Kanbawza group of companies.

NLD Hopeful: ‘You Can Use Me as a Shield’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Nyo Nyo Thin about why she hopes to join the NLD and what she aims to accomplish if elected to the Union Parliament.

Heineken Brewer: ‘Quality is the Most Important Thing’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Lester Tan, managing director of Heineken’s new brewery in Rangoon, about how the company might fare in Burma’s battle of the beers.

Zipporah Sein: ‘We Don’t Accept the Constitution’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the Karen National Union and leader of a newly formed ethnic negotiating bloc.

Burmese Diplomat: ‘I Have Taken Up Tough Duties’

Daw Yin Yin Myint, Burma’s first female ambassador in decades, speaks with The Irrawaddy about her role as a top diplomat based in Germany.

NLD Patron Tin Oo: ‘I Have Never Wanted to be President’

Much intrigue surrounds who the National League for Democracy will back as a presidential candidate, but party patron Tin Oo says he’s not in the running.

Mandalay Elections Chief: ‘Our Vote is Our Future’

Aung Htut, chairman of the Mandalay Division Election Commission, speaks with The Irrawaddy about preparing for polls in Burma’s second most populous region.

Nai Hong Sar: ‘If They Continue to Hold a Hard Line, Peace Will Be Difficult’

A senior negotiator for Burma’s ethnic armed groups talks about apprehensions when it comes to disarmament, as well as discussing the broader peace process.

Myat Thin Aung: ‘The Impact Could Come Very Quickly’

The president of the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone, Myat Thin Aung, warns that Burma’s minimum wage increase will threaten the viability of some factories.

Banking on Plastic

The Irrawaddy speaks with Ko Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of the Myanmar Payment Union, on his vision for a “cashless society.”

‘People Have to See What We Are Talking About’

In this 2013 interview, Yangon Heritage Trust founding chairman Thant Myint-U discusses the challenges facing Rangoon as it transforms into a modern city.

‘Generals Don’t Go to War Without a Plan’

The Democratic Party (Myanmar) chairman discusses how his party plans to contest Burma’s general election, and asks him to divine the country’s political future.

‘I Want to Stress That We Are Not the Enemy’

The Irrawaddy speaks with the Arakan Army’s Commander-in-Chief about tensions between Arakan and Burmese troops, the group’s political objectives and his views on Rohingya Muslims.

‘The Disabled Must Also Benefit from Development’

Interview with Rev. Thein Lwin, cofounder of the Myanmar Christian Fellowship for the Blind, on the challenges faced by disabled students in Burma.

‘When Will We Go Home?’

Four years after conflict breaks out in northern Burma, The Irrawaddy speaks with Kachin aid worker Mary Tawm about life in internal displacement camps.