When invoking memory becomes a political strategy, society suffers from a lack of imagination. It’s a lesson South Africa’s anti-apartheid crusader knew well.
One journalist’s portrait of Thein Sein is just one product of a media-savvy team behind the scenes of the former general’s much-lauded presidency.
Despite Thailand’s trappings of modernity, particularly when it comes to politics, the country’s tribal roots remain all-too-visible.
The US and Chinese humanitarian aid responses to the devastating cyclone in the Philippines offers a portrait in soft power contrasts.
The revelation that the US uses its Asian embassies for spying has upset some, but intelligence cooperation works both ways.
U Sein Win was the last remaining English-language reporter from the Burmese civilian era. His contribution to Burmese journalism has been both inspiring and important.
Burma told the UN that it is implementing reforms together with all political parties, ethnic groups and NGOs, but so far these claims ring hollow.
On the occasion of the party’s 25 years anniversary, it is worth considering the Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD’s achievements.
The success of the peace plan depends less on hard work and good will than on the tricky process of bargaining among multiple strategic interests.
For the peace process to bear fruit, all parties must demonstrate that they are trustworthy partners working in the best interests of the people.
While positive reforms over the last two years cannot be denied, Burma remains far from the democracy that activists in 1988 sought to achieve.
The US could soon find itself lamenting Burma’s unkept commitments on prisoner releases, or it can apply pressure that encourages the regime to follow through.
The fresh winds of change have taken on a bad smell in the past half year as a political rivalry is growing among Burma’s leaders.
US concerns over Burma’s shadowy relationship with North Korea is surrounded by questions about what drives policy makers in Naypyidaw and Pyongyang — and Washington.
Extreme nationalists in Burma should calm down and think thoroughly about what really is happening in the country.
From a large portion of the Middle East to the Pacific Ocean, Asia cannot be defined as one language, one people, or one religion.
The media has responsibility in how it reports on nationalist extremism speech; it’s failing to do its job by focusing only on U Wirathu.
Strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights in Burma has the potential to act as a catalyst for economic growth by spurring foreign investment.
A growing debate over the status of Burma’s Muslim communities is used to further increasingly ominous jingoism against anyone presumed to be non-Burmese.