Contributors - The Irrawaddy

The sudden ouster of Shwe Mann from Burma’s ruling party reconfirmed that the military is not about to relinquish power, writes Bertil Lintner.


As prospects for a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement loom large, the question of what will happen in the aftermath of an accord becomes ever more important.

Fukuyama’s Flawed Take on Burma

Contributing writer Jared Naimark challenges neoliberal recommendations made by political theorist Francis Fukuyama during a recent interview with The Irrawaddy.

Is Burma’s Opposition Ready for the Post-Suu Kyi Era?

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has soured relations with the 88 Generation, ethnic political parties and civil society groups.

An Open Letter to Ma Ba Tha

How can adherents of a religion that teaches loving kindness and compassion for all living beings be people who preach hatred?

In Remote Paletwa, Flooded Communities Face Unseen Struggle to Survive

Paletwa Township in Chin State has been one of the hardest hit and most underreported jurisdictions in flood-ravaged western Burma.

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: Time to Act

British Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick says the UK is stepping up efforts to support women’s rights and prevent sexual violence in the country.

Marking Karen Martyrs Day, A Soldier Speaks of Armed Struggle

Wednesday marks the 65th Karen Martyrs’ Day, commemorating the death of Saw Ba U Gyi, first president of the KNU, in a Burma Army ambush.

To End Sexual Violence, British Government Can’t Avoid Elephant in the Room

If the British government is serious about ending sexual violence in Burma, difficult choices will have to be made.

Human Rights Defenders Continue to Suffer in Burma

Despite recent political reforms, activists frequently remain the target of violence, torture, abuse, and sometimes even enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killing.

Burma’s Draft Prison Law is Too Vague to Protect Inmates

The draft Prison Law currently being debated in Naypyidaw dampens hopes that the prison system is about to undergo the substantive reforms it urgently needs.

A Deceptive Peace?

Will a nationwide ceasefire pact lead to genuine peace in Burma, or prove as transitory as Sri Lanka’s agreement with Tamil fighters more than 10 years ago?

The Dangers of Chinese Interference in Illegal Logging Case

China should recognize and respect the legal nature of the trial proceedings instead of politicizing the case of the illegal loggers in Kachin State.

Burma’s Peace Process: Matching Words with Deeds

Political dialogue and national reconciliation should not be deferred in lieu of a nationwide ceasefire agreement, writes contributor Sai Oo.

Time to Set the Kyat Free

The recent fall in value of the Burmese kyat should not mean a return to the command and control monetary policies of the past, writes Sean Turnell.

Making All-Inclusive Peace a Reality

It would be ill-advised for the government to dismiss negotiating with the newly formed ethnic negotiating committee, writes contributor Saw Kapi.

In Burma’s Conflicts, Both Sides Betray Children

The Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army should take urgent steps to stop recruiting and using children, says contributor Charu Lata Hogg.

Mysterious Motives: India’s Raids on the Burma Border

Few facts have emerged since troops from India carried out a cross-border attack on insurgents, but Burma government’s account is the easiest to refute.

Time for a Separation of Church and State

In some cases, it is appropriate for the Burmese government to set boundaries on religious interventions in secular affairs.

Burma’s Voter Roster Rollout Falls Flat

Enlisting international expertise and spending tens of millions of dollars does not appear to have helped avert an unfolding voter registration fiasco in Burma.

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