Interview - The Irrawaddy
Tun Lwin: ‘Each Year There is Drought in the Dry Zone, Flooding in the Delta’

In this interview with The Irrawaddy, Burmese meteorologist Tun Lwin discusses climate change, deforestation and the country’s recent floods.


Khin Hla Yee is one 76 candidates chosen by the Arakan National Party (ANP) to contest the Nov. 8 poll. She will seek election to the Arakan State parliament in Ann Township’s No. 1 constituency, home to the Burma Army’s Western Command, where she will be competing against former general Maung Maung Ohn, who resigned […]

The world is watching as Burma prepares for a general election in November, which is hoped to be the country’s first free and fair poll following decades of military dictatorship. The former pariah state began a turbulent transition to civilian rule under the leadership of President Thein Sein in 2011, though the armed forces remain […]

Tourism Pro: ‘What We Need Is Stability’

In an interview with the Irrawaddy, Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, discusses the outlook for tourism in Burma.

Khun Tun Oo, 72, is an ethnic Shan politician and leader of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), one of the largest parties in Shan State. He spent many years in prison for his political activities after the SNLD, known locally as the Tiger Head Party, was one of the major winners in the […]

Bertil Lintner: ‘They Don’t Just Want a Ceasefire, They Want to Talk About the Future of the Country’

The Irrawaddy speaks with journalist Bertil Lintner about the prospects for peace in Burma, the role of foreign interests and the issue of federalism.  

In the second and final installment of The Irrawaddy’s interview with Professor Larry Diamond, the Stanford University democracy scholar discusses complaints about the leadership style of Aung San Suu Kyi, the rise of Ma Ba Tha and the efforts to negotiate a nationwide ceasefire agreement with Irrawaddy founding editor Aung Zaw. We’ve seen examples of […]

Larry Diamond: ‘Democracy is Not Going to be Achieved Fully in the November Elections’

In the second installment of The Irrawaddy’s interview with Professor Larry Diamond, the democracy scholar discusses the challenges faced by Burma’s democratic opposition.

Burma’s Death Highway: ‘We Have to Take Preventive Measures’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Kyi Zaw Myint, chief engineer of the Naypyidaw Highway, about how to prevent fatalities along the long, dark road to the capital.

Larry Diamond: ‘The USDP is Giving Itself an Electoral Handicap’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Stanford University Professor Larry Diamond about the electoral implications of Shwe Mann’s fall from grace.

‘Let Us Farmers Assume the Presidency’

The Myanmar Farmers Development Party says this election it will fight to represent a demographic accounting for an estimated 70 percent of Burma’s population.

Francis Fukuyama: ‘It’s Not That Hard to Hold a Free and Fair Election’

Political theorist Francis Fukuyama discusses the challenges awaiting Burma’s democratic opposition ahead of the November general election.

EITI Broker: ‘The Government Must Have Political Will’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Wong Aung, director of the Action Group for Resource Accountability, about Burma’s preparations for EITI compliance.

Rice Merchant: ‘The Situation Requires Govt Intervention’

Thein Zaw, chairman of the Mandalay Rice Commodity Exchange, discusses the impacts of widespread flooding in Burma on this important staple crop.