The Saffron Revolution showcased Burma’s monks at their best, but that moral standing has been eroded by a manipulative old guard that still holds power.
The cancellation of by-elections slated for later this year is an ominous sign from an election commission chairman whose independence was already suspect.
By pursuing national causes ranging from land rights to ethnic reconciliation, Burma’s university student unions have lost sight of their primary purpose: ensuring students’ rights.
Exactly 26 years ago the military seized power, and to this day former and active generals control the pace and extent of Burma’s democratic reforms.
Well into the fourth year of Myanmar’s reforms, a major question remains: Can the country develop its economy on an egalitarian basis?
After investigating a secret business deal between Rangoon’s chief minister and two relatively unknown Chinese cronies, The Irrawaddy finds itself on a new “blacklist.”
A new book on the late prime minister and top general Soe Win provides a misleading account of his career in Burma’s former military regime.
After decades of armed conflict, government and ethnic Karenni medics team up to provide health care to impoverished communities in eastern Burma.
Universities seem to be systematically discouraging women from pursuing many leadership roles, and it’s a great loss for our country’s overall development.
The real lessons from the census were the blithe indifference by UNFPA and the Burmese government to the potential for violence the census could spark.
A new investment in solar power and an initiative to improve labor conditions in Burma show the two countries are moving closer to each other.
In the past, when the opposition leader said something, world leaders listened, but these days Washington seems to have shifted its priorities.
As leader of the world’s sole superpower in tumultuous times, Barack Obama needs Burma as a foreign policy success story, but should it be?
Myanmar will need the cooperation of its cronies if the country is to overcome the so-called “resource curse” and reduce economic inequality.
The government and Myanmar’s ethnic armed rebel groups will both need to make sacrifices if the country is to achieve a lasting peace.
An electoral system of proportional representation for Myanmar is being wrongly vilified by some political stakeholders who would benefit from its implementation.
For more than 50 years, Myanmar’s generals have mistakenly believed that only with the military in charge could the country be stable.
US Secretary of State John Kerry faces difficult questions when he arrives in Burma this weekend amid negative media reports about backsliding on political reforms.