The results of an election this month in the Indian capital shows how electoral systems can grossly misrepresent voter sentiment.
As parliament prepares to mull amendments to the National Education Law, The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Hnin Soe argues for an inclusive, bottom-up approach to reform.
With the Chinese government seeking to protect its political and economic relationships with Burma, Peng Jiasheng’s forces are unlikely to find backers in Beijing.
The legacy and continued dominance of the ethnic Bamar in Myanmar, and enduring chauvinism, are major obstacles to national reconciliation in an immensely diverse country.
The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Zaw Win says it takes both individual and collective will to combat the poisonous words and ideas of a few extremists.
The Burmese government must prioritize allocation of resources for awareness, age verification and disciplinary action to end the use of child soldiers, advocates say.
Illegal extraction of natural resources is fueling armed conflict in northern Myanmar, and the Chinese government’s inaction is partly to blame.
As the government retools its purported efforts to release all of Burma’s political prisoners, past experience and lingering shortcomings of the process must be addressed.
Contributor Khin Zaw Win finds both heartening hospitality and stark environmental realities during public consultations on the draft land-use policy in Shan State’s Mongmit.
After the deadly shooting of a villager near the Letpadaung copper mining project, it won’t be business as usual, says Irrawaddy contributor Khin Zaw Win.
Recent action by US Congressmen on National Defense Authorization Act related to US-Burma military relations limits—rather than expands—future cooperation.
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.
Corruption isn’t just a moral issue. If good economics is about the efficient allocation of resources, then corruption tends towards the opposite.
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 role in Burma has significantly changed in recent years, transforming from a staunch supporter of pro-democratic forces to an important business investor.
A political triumvirate in Burma maneuvers to stay on top amid a democratic reform process that continues to throw curveballs.
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.
While the US should be commended for backing Burma’s democratic transition, future support should be conditional on further political reforms.
If the Obama Administration wants to vindicate its decision to engage with the Burmese government, it must continue to demand human rights protections.
It is time to ask some questions about why journalists in Burma continue to face arbitrary arrests for attempting to do their jobs.