With less than a year to go until it assumes the Asean chair, Burma is struggling to meet the deadline for the Asean Economic Community
After decades of draconian restrictions, Burma’s government has unleashed dramatic changes in the way the country’s media operates.
Burma’s government has learned that it stands to benefit greatly from increasing media freedom in the country.
Burma’s may face many economic challenges, but it has the advantage of being able to benefit from regional frameworks and the experiences of its neighbors.
Burma’s iconic pro-democracy leader needs to turn her attention to Burma’s regional neighborhood and start playing a more prominent role in Southeast Asian affairs.
Burma and Bhutan may seem to have little in common, but both countries have recently embarked on similar experiments aimed at reshaping their political systems.
Asean needs to find something to rally around. What better subject than food, which has long been a source of pride to the whole region?
Burma and the newly formed Asean Institute for Peace and Reconciliation can learn from each other as they strive to end domestic and regional conflicts.
The Nippon Foundation is taking the lead in providing international support for Burma’s peace and reconciliation process.
Burma is unique in Southeast Asia in having a government that appears to be willing to treat its main rival for power with respect.
Heavy traffic, pricey food, expensive accommodations and a smartphone boom have come quickly to Burma’s biggest city.
As Burma opens up after decades of isolation, its leaders say they are ready to assume a more active role in Southeast Asian affairs.
Southeast Asia’s most exciting media market is in Burma with newspapers and journals popping up every day to demonstrate a new dynamism.
Young and enthusiastic Burmese journalists are enjoying their new professional freedom covering Asean meetings as the country prepares to chair the bloc in 2014.