Naypyidaw appears to be changing tack as the Kokang conflict escalates and is reaching out to the Kachin rebels in order to stem the fighting.
There has been no indication that the International Red Cross is using its influence to request access to political prisoners from the Letpadan student protests.
Burma is under major Chinese diplomatic, military and political pressure to deal with the bombing death of four civilians in Yunnan.
The Burmese government needs the ability to measure public opinion, a critical force in shaping and transforming society.
Burma needs to rethink an energy policy based on dams, which threatens to see millions of local lives disrupted in order to satisfy foreign markets.
Questions and a reevaluation are warranted after a police force receiving training from the EU brutally cracked down on peaceful protestors in Burma this week.
Government conspiracy theories over the motivations of student protesters fail to address the Burmese public’s genuine grievances or offer any viable solutions.
After violent crackdowns on student protests in Burma, many are no doubt wondering whether the country’s much vaunted political reforms are back to square one.
The crackdown on student protestors and a rise in ethnic conflict do not bode well for Burma’s democratic elections—how will the international community respond?
Burma’s government has resown a seed of hatred between itself and the nation’s students by brutally cracking down on protestors demanding education reform.
A violent crackdown in Rangoon and an Irrawaddy journalist’s near-detention conjure images reminiscent of similar repression in 2007 and 1988 under the former military junta.
The appearance of plainclothes vigilantes stirring tensions and aiding police in dispersing and arresting student protesters over the past few days has outraged many Burmese.
How will controversial Beijing-backed development projects, recent border conflict and expanding political and economic ties between Naypyitaw and the West continue to shape Sino-Burmese relations?
The new student protest movement marks the first national grassroots movement in 25 years that stands outside the established opposition.
The results of an election this month in the Indian capital shows how electoral systems can grossly misrepresent voter sentiment.
As parliament prepares to mull amendments to the National Education Law, The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Hnin Soe argues for an inclusive, bottom-up approach to reform.
After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.
With the Chinese government seeking to protect its political and economic relationships with Burma, Peng Jiasheng’s forces are unlikely to find backers in Beijing.
Burma’s Commander-in-Chief is no stranger to conflict near the China border. Did he foresee recent clashes that would kill dozens of his own men?
Peng Jiasheng, the Kokang leader heavily involved in the drug trade, was once a darling of the military government—now he’s on its most wanted list.