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As Myanmar Weighs Electoral Prospects, Delhi Poll Offers Cautionary Tale

The results of an election this month in the Indian capital shows how electoral systems can grossly misrepresent voter sentiment.

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Education Reform: Towards an Inclusive Approach

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.

The Kokang Conflict: How Will China Respond?

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.

Toward a More Perfect Union

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.

Who’s Responsible for Reining in Rogues?

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.

Child Soldiers: An Ongoing Battle in Burma

The Burmese government must prioritize allocation of resources for awareness, age verification and disciplinary action to end the use of child soldiers, advocates say.

The Guilty and the Innocent: China and Illegal Logging in Myanmar

Illegal extraction of natural resources is fueling armed conflict in northern Myanmar, and the Chinese government’s inaction is partly to blame.

Flawed Scrutiny Process Leaves Political Prisoners Languishing

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.

A Collective Search For Answers

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.

Letpadaung Shooting Changed the Game

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.

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.

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.

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