Uncle Sam Returns to the Philippines

The US and Chinese humanitarian aid responses to the devastating cyclone in the Philippines offers a portrait in soft power contrasts.

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The revelation that the US uses its Asian embassies for spying has upset some, but intelligence cooperation works both ways.

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Take Care With Constitutional Reform

Constitutional change is crucial, and we should be careful that any attempt to achieve it is not counterproductive.

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On Suu Kyi’s Sandhurst Visit, a General Conclusion

Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to an elite British military academy must be viewed through the prism of the Burmese generals watching back home.

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Guardian Sein Win: A Personal Appreciation

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.

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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.

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Refuting the Argument That the NLD Is Weak and Without Capacity

On the occasion of the party’s 25 years anniversary, it is worth considering the Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD’s achievements.

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Suu Kyi, Singapore and the Ties That Bind

Aung San Suu Kyi wants “something more” than Singapore as the two countries enter a new phase in their sometimes complicated but nonetheless enduring relationship.

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Is the NLD Still the People’s Party?

The opposition party is product of Suu Kyi’s creation, but is it still popular among the public, and if not, does Burma have an alternative?

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Smart, timely action by the United States to reconnect with the Burmese military would be one of the best insurance policies against another military take-over.

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Wanted: A Vision of Myanmar’s Future

The greatest “capacity gap” Myanmar faces is at the top, where so far no one has articulated a clear plan for moving the country forward.

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Freedom of Hate Speech

In a time of fledgling democratic reform, why has the government allowed hateful words and mass violence to proliferate?

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The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this week. Burma’s President Thein Sein was shortlisted for the award, but is he a worthy recipient?

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Promote a Professional Military

Burma needs a professional military that realizes its sole responsibility is to protect the country, not govern it from Naypyidaw.

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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.

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Paving the Road to Peace

After many decades of conflict between Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups, the government is set to begin fast-tracking the peace process.

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August is the Cruelest Month

Last month saw the passing of four well-known artists and writers who fought against repression in Burma for decades.

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Memo to Suu Kyi: There’s No ‘I’ in Democracy

Aung San Suu Kyi needs to focus on collaborating more with other opposition forces and grooming a new set of future political leaders.

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For the peace process to bear fruit, all parties must demonstrate that they are trustworthy partners working in the best interests of the people.

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Paying the Debt: 25 Years Later, Burma’s Struggle for Freedom Isn’t Over

While positive reforms over the last two years cannot be denied, Burma remains far from the democracy that activists in 1988 sought to achieve.

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