Opinion - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Managing Naypyidaw: Ensuring the Success of Transition

Does President Thein Sein embody the “paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will” that is said to be the recipe for truly great leaders?

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Can ASEAN Respond to the Chinese Challenge?

China continues to alter the status quo in Southeast Asia through unilateral actions, but ASEAN claimant nations fail to unify on process for pressing claims.

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Burma Clampdown Gathers Pace as Legislation Passed

In a step backwards for press freedom in Burma, new legislation will give the government censorship powers and the authority to issue news publication licenses.

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A Transition Under Threat

As Myanmar nears much-awaited 2015 national elections, persecution of the Muslim minority Rohingyas is casting shadows on the prospect of restoring democracy in the country.

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New Hurdles for an Already Hobbled Press

Despite ending official censorship, Burma’s government is still firmly in control of the media, and is now making it even harder for journalists to do their job.

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Finding a Federal Model that Fits

There are many forms of federalism in the world, but only one really matches Burma’s needs: India.

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Myanmar: A Nation Living a Lie

Self-deception is a way of life in this country, and it’s up to all of us to find the courage to finally tell the truth.

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The Doubly Disastrous Legacy of Ne Win

Burma’s former dictator didn’t just destroy Burma through his own misrule, but also by appointing a successor who was as bad or worse.

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Is Asean Ready to Take a Stand on Domestic Issues?

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.

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Is Burma Serious About Media Freedom?

Recent setbacks in media freedom are threatening the success of Burma’s reforms and gains it has made in improving its international reputation.

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Time to End an Era of Disastrous Development

Peace and prosperity will only come to Myanmar when its economy is based on something other than the ruthless exploitation of its people and resources.

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All the President’s Foul-Mouthed Men

Not for the first time in recent years, a minister is in the hot seat after comments made while meeting with villagers in central Burma.

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Following a generous World Bank pledge of assistance for health care in Myanmar, reflections on how best to strengthen the underdeveloped sector.

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After decades as the underdog, does Myanmar’s future now look brighter than that of its hitherto more fortunate neighbor?

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Tatmadaw ‘Fearless and Blameless,’ Proclaims a Presidential Possibility

Comments from Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the Burmese military’s commander-in-chief and a potential presidential aspirant, stoke fears among the country’s ethnic armed rebel groups.

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Criminals at Large

U Khin Nyunt and his former MI minions deserve to face justice for their crimes against Myanmar society.

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Letter from the Editor

Until recently, readers inside the country were beyond our reach, but The Irrawaddy has now completed its first full year of operations in Myanmar.

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A New Burma in Old Hands

Burma is a country reborn, but without constitutional change it will achieve only a faux democracy controlled by former military rulers.

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Can Myanmar Be a Game Changer in Asean?

As the new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, there are many things Myanmar could do to have a lasting, positive impact.

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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.

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