It remains to be seen whether Myanmar will be more open to discussing internal affairs with fellow member states as chair of the regional grouping.
Recent setbacks in media freedom are threatening the success of Burma’s reforms and gains it has made in improving its international reputation.
Following a generous World Bank pledge of assistance for health care in Myanmar, reflections on how best to strengthen the underdeveloped sector.
After decades as the underdog, does Myanmar’s future now look brighter than that of its hitherto more fortunate neighbor?
Beijing’s relations with the democracy icon have not always been smooth, especially after 1990, and it remains to be seen how ties will mend.
The growth of rice cultivation has come at a price, but two proposed areas will aim to preserve under-threat estuarine ecosystems.
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.