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Myths of Suu Kyi’s Mysterious Trip to China

As Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, gears up for her first official trip to China, myths abound about her party’s motivations.

US Must Address Rights Concerns Before Further Engagement

While the US should be commended for backing Burma’s democratic transition, future support should be conditional on further political reforms.

Obama’s Chance to Make Burma a Genuine Foreign Policy Success

If the Obama Administration wants to vindicate its decision to engage with the Burmese government, it must continue to demand human rights protections.

Burmese Media Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It is time to ask some questions about why journalists in Burma continue to face arbitrary arrests for attempting to do their jobs.

Polishing Myanmar’s Colonial Gem

Proper urban planning for Yangon must be a top priority, and is absolutely essential if it is to be a truly great 21st century city.

Why Tin Aye Put the ‘Bye’ in Burma’s By-Elections

The cancellation of by-elections slated for later this year is an ominous sign from an election commission chairman whose independence was already suspect.

In Burma, Student Unions Must Learn Their Place

By pursuing national causes ranging from land rights to ethnic reconciliation, Burma’s university student unions have lost sight of their primary purpose: ensuring students’ rights.

From Berlin to Burma, Democracy’s Uneven March

While the Berlin Wall is long gone, barriers erected by Burma’s former military junta continue to impede the country’s progress toward genuine democratic governance.

Building an Egalitarian Economy in Myanmar

Well into the fourth year of Myanmar’s reforms, a major question remains: Can the country develop its economy on an egalitarian basis?

Suu Kyi Is Wrong to Support Tin Aye’s By-Election Decision

The chairwoman of the National League for Democracy met the Union Election Commission chairman before he announced that the polls expected this year were canceled.

In Ethnic State, Former Enemies Join Forces for Health Care

After decades of armed conflict, government and ethnic Karenni medics team up to provide health care to impoverished communities in eastern Burma.

Burma’s Sexist School Requirements Hurt Women—And Society

Universities seem to be systematically discouraging women from pursuing many leadership roles, and it’s a great loss for our country’s overall development.

The real lessons from the census were the blithe indifference by UNFPA and the Burmese government to the potential for violence the census could spark.

Inequality and the Need for Redistribution

Myanmar will need the cooperation of its cronies if the country is to overcome the so-called “resource curse” and reduce economic inequality.

The Price of Peace

The government and Myanmar’s ethnic armed rebel groups will both need to make sacrifices if the country is to achieve a lasting peace.

In Defense of Proportional Representation

An electoral system of proportional representation for Myanmar is being wrongly vilified by some political stakeholders who would benefit from its implementation.

Rethinking State-Building in Myanmar

For more than 50 years, Myanmar’s generals have mistakenly believed that only with the military in charge could the country be stable.

For Businesses in Myanmar, Be the Change We Want to See

Myanmar is a market where opportunity lurks behind every challenge, a lesson telecommunications players would do well to heed as the country’s mobile revolution unfolds.

More Work to Be Done on Child Soldiers in Myanmar

Friday’s release of 91 children and young people by the Myanmar military is a welcome step, but child recruitment remains ongoing and persistent.

Calls for an independent medical council grow louder during the country’s period of democratic reform, but a new by-law on the issue is found lacking.

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