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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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The Price of Peace

The government and Myanmar’s ethnic armed rebel groups will both need to make sacrifices if the country is to achieve a lasting peace.

In Defense of Proportional Representation

An electoral system of proportional representation for Myanmar is being wrongly vilified by some political stakeholders who would benefit from its implementation.

Rethinking State-Building in Myanmar

For more than 50 years, Myanmar’s generals have mistakenly believed that only with the military in charge could the country be stable.

For Businesses in Myanmar, Be the Change We Want to See

Myanmar is a market where opportunity lurks behind every challenge, a lesson telecommunications players would do well to heed as the country’s mobile revolution unfolds.

More Work to Be Done on Child Soldiers in Myanmar

Friday’s release of 91 children and young people by the Myanmar military is a welcome step, but child recruitment remains ongoing and persistent.

Calls for an independent medical council grow louder during the country’s period of democratic reform, but a new by-law on the issue is found lacking.

Ethnically aligned political parties say proposals to change the country’s electoral system are not in their best interest.

Rape Is Not Just a Crime; It Is a Weapon

President Thein Sein’s government can and must act to stop the acts of sexual violence committed by Tatmadaw soldiers in Burma’s ethnic states.

US Turns Blind Eye on Burma’s North Korea Connection

Washington should be posing the same tough questions that Burmese journalists now sentenced to 10 years in prison for their reporting have dared to ask.

Burma Military Facility Hides Secrets From the World

After journalists were imprisoned for writing about a secret military installation in Magwe Division, experts are concerned about what could be produced at the site.

The World’s Least Scrutinized Head of State?

Given how much the international community has staked on President Thein Sein, it is surprising how little scrutiny of him there has been.

An official from the Myanmar Peace Center says risk-taking in necessary for peace, but a risk-adverse mentality often overshadows peace processes.

A Power-Sharing Alternative for Burma’s Political Elites

To avoid a highly volatile situation in 2015, the country’s ruling and opposition politicians would do well do strike a cooperative pre-election deal.

The Spoils of Aid in Burma: Transition a Boon for Former Dictators

Rather than enriching the people responsible for the country’s situation, doesn’t the international aid industry have an obligation to help Burma break from dictatorship?

Does the West Really Want a Suu Kyi Presidency?

Western powers pay homage to the opposition leader but would likely prefer that Burma’s next government is similar to the present one.

Preventing Religious Violence Is a Task for All

The government and security forces have primary responsibility for controlling the violence, but preventing it is a task for all.

In Burma’s Young Democracy, Vote ‘No’ on Proportional Representation

There are many reasons why Burma’s electoral system should not be changed, at least for now, in a country just emerging from decades of dictatorship.

What Australian FM Bishop Must Do in Burma

The visiting Australian foreign minister should show Burma support for genuine reform, but stress that it needs to end hatred, violence and exclusion of minorities.

A Broader Vision of Education for Burma

A longtime Burmese educator reflects on the purpose of schooling in Burma, calling for less emphasis on exams and more emphasis on critical thinking.

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