US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski speaks about Burma’s transition, the 2015 elections, religious violence and military cooperation.
While the government of President U Thein Sein has won accolades overseas, few at home see much reason to celebrate.
The legend of the Dhammazedi Bell, supposedly lost in the murky Yangon River, has long chimed with dreamers and schemers alike.
Weeks after the fatal cyclone struck, it remains unclear how many people have died, as the regime plucks improbable statistics out of thin air.
Six years since Cyclone Nargis killed at least 138,000 people in southwestern Burma, The Irrawaddy republishes a commentary from immediately after the disaster.
Win Tin was a true believer in democracy and press freedom. His unrelenting, sharp criticism of Burma’s past and current government will be greatly missed.
For many Myanmar dissidents living in exile, forged travel documents were the only thing standing between them and prison.
Peace and prosperity will only come to Myanmar when its economy is based on something other than the ruthless exploitation of its people and resources.
The president of the National Endowment for Democracy talks about Myanmar’s ongoing reform process and his meetings with men who once considered him the enemy.
Time and political will, not money or outside influence, will be the key to ending Myanmar’s decades of ethnic conflict.
In an exclusive interview conducted during his official visit to Thailand in late September, Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann detailed his transformation under Burma’s reforms.
The greatest “capacity gap” Myanmar faces is at the top, where so far no one has articulated a clear plan for moving the country forward.
In this cover story first appeared in the October, 2007 print issue of The Irrawaddy magazine, the editor explained why Burma’s general fear the influence
Some of the generals who ruled after 1988 became sitting ducks; but one turned out to be a real bird of prey
The 1988 uprising against military rule was not just about overthrowing a hated dictatorship: it was also about ending the reign of ignorance and brutality.