OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine

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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Two Ways of Remembering

At a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1988 uprising, two leaders show that the past means very different things to them.

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Can the Forces of ’88 Come to the Fore?

Twenty-five years after Burma’s nationwide pro-democracy uprising, can the Burmese people band together to rebuild a country wrecked by military rule?

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The 1988 uprising against military rule was not just about overthrowing a hated dictatorship: it was also about ending the reign of ignorance and brutality.

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The Lady’s Political Tango in ‘Post-Junta’ Burma

Nobody knows exactly what Burma’s former generals envision as the country reforms, but despite the blind spots, Suu Kyi is doing her best to navigate.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Extreme nationalists in Burma should calm down and think thoroughly about what really is happening in the country.

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The Lady as President? Don’t Count on It.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she wants to be Myanmar’s president, but the powers that be aren’t likely to let that happen.

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