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US Congress in the Driver’s Seat on US–Burma Military Cooperation

Recent action by US Congressmen on National Defense Authorization Act related to US-Burma military relations limits—rather than expands—future cooperation.

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Civilian Justice Trumps Military Impunity in Myanmar

The rare conviction of a soldier in civilian court shows how the criminal justice system is slowly taking a stand against the country’s still-powerful military. 

The Right Kind of Generosity

Corruption isn’t just a moral issue. If good economics is about the efficient allocation of resources, then corruption tends towards the opposite.

Where Next in Burma’s Peace Process?

Burma’s ethnic armed groups should take a practical approach to peace negotiations or risk losing leverage in post-ceasefire political dialogue, says adviser Ashley South.

Norway’s Changiang Role in Burma: Driven by Peace or Business?

Norway’s role in Burma has significantly changed in recent years, transforming from a staunch supporter of pro-democratic forces to an important business investor.

Playing Ball in Burma’s Big Leagues

A political triumvirate in Burma maneuvers to stay on top amid a democratic reform process that continues to throw curveballs.

Myths of Suu Kyi’s Mysterious Trip to China

As Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, gears up for her first official trip to China, myths abound about her party’s motivations.

US Must Address Rights Concerns Before Further Engagement

While the US should be commended for backing Burma’s democratic transition, future support should be conditional on further political reforms.

Obama’s Chance to Make Burma a Genuine Foreign Policy Success

If the Obama Administration wants to vindicate its decision to engage with the Burmese government, it must continue to demand human rights protections.

Burmese Media Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It is time to ask some questions about why journalists in Burma continue to face arbitrary arrests for attempting to do their jobs.

Polishing Myanmar’s Colonial Gem

Proper urban planning for Yangon must be a top priority, and is absolutely essential if it is to be a truly great 21st century city.

Why Tin Aye Put the ‘Bye’ in Burma’s By-Elections

The cancellation of by-elections slated for later this year is an ominous sign from an election commission chairman whose independence was already suspect.

In Burma, Student Unions Must Learn Their Place

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.

From Berlin to Burma, Democracy’s Uneven March

While the Berlin Wall is long gone, barriers erected by Burma’s former military junta continue to impede the country’s progress toward genuine democratic governance.

Building an Egalitarian Economy in Myanmar

Well into the fourth year of Myanmar’s reforms, a major question remains: Can the country develop its economy on an egalitarian basis?

Suu Kyi Is Wrong to Support Tin Aye’s By-Election Decision

The chairwoman of the National League for Democracy met the Union Election Commission chairman before he announced that the polls expected this year were canceled.

In Ethnic State, Former Enemies Join Forces for Health Care

After decades of armed conflict, government and ethnic Karenni medics team up to provide health care to impoverished communities in eastern Burma.

Burma’s Sexist School Requirements Hurt Women—And Society

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.

Inequality and the Need for Redistribution

Myanmar will need the cooperation of its cronies if the country is to overcome the so-called “resource curse” and reduce economic inequality.

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