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Future of Exiled Burmese Media

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
As international businesses and donors clamor to move inside Burma it is easy to forget the crucial role the exiled media still has to play in championing reform.

How Much Freedom Does Burmese Media Enjoy?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Drafting of new media law promises much in a changing political landscape, but rise of cronyism and lack of proper training offers new challenges to press freedom.

Five Days in Burma

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Five days is a short time to spend in one's country after nearly a quarter of a century in exile, but it is enough to get some sense of what is happening during this period of change in Burma.

New Doors are Opening in Burma

Monday, January 16, 2012
The release of Burma’s most prominent political prisoners has significantly increased the chances of the country moving towards reconciliation and democracy, as well as broadened the means of doing so.

Are There Cracks in Thein Sein's Cabinet?

Friday, January 6, 2012
Behind the doors of the all-powerful NDSC, internal rifts threaten to destabilize the president's plans of reform.

Thai-Burmese Relations: Mutual Necessity Trumps Historical Animosity

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thailand and Burma have long been regional rivals with a history of tensions, but the current political and economic environment in both countries portends a mutually beneficial warming of relations.

Farewell to a Revolutionary, Good Riddance to a Despot

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Two leaders with strong but very different ties to Burma died this week, and it would serve the current Burmese leaders well to take note of how they are being spoken of today.

Is Than Shwe Still Pulling the Strings?

Friday, December 9, 2011
Nobody knows exactly how much influence former junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe is exerting over the new Burmese government, but to assume the answer is “none” is a dangerous proposition.

China’s Future Role in Burma

Friday, December 2, 2011
If the Burmese leaders make a sincere move towards a genuine democracy then China should be worried, because it will no longer be offering what the ex-generals need.

Ending the Vicious Circle—Making Peace in Burma

Monday, November 28, 2011
Burma’s ethnic minorities have lived with the band-aid of a ceasefire and the promise of a political solution for decades. It’s time for the wounds to be healed and the promise realized.

Clinton’s Burma Agenda

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
When US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Burma next month, she bring calls for further reform, not just promises of warmer ties with Washington.

The US-Burma Connection

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Obama administration’s policy of simultaneous engagement and sanctions has been the most effective US policy towards Burma during the two decades the West has supported the Burmese pro-democracy movement.

Give Suu Kyi a Blank Check

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
With the Burmese government actively courting both Aung San Suu Kyi and the international community, the pro-democracy leader should be given everyone’s full support in order to negotiate the best possible deal on behalf of all the Burmese people.

A Case of Mistaken Priorities

Friday, October 21, 2011
While Thein Sein and his fellow “reformists” have convinced many outside Burma that real change is underway, they have not yet convinced the Burmese people living inside the country—perhaps it’s because the government has its priorities backwards.

Free All Political Prisoners Without Delay

Friday, October 14, 2011
Make no mistake—no one is fooled by this government's token gesture. Burma’s true friends, who have been watching the regime's myriad deceptions over the years, will remain unconvinced.

China and Burma: No Longer Birds of a Feather?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
With the decision to suspend the Myitsone Dam project, the new Burmese government may be signaling that it is willing to step out from behind the cloak of China and forge new ties with the West.

Is the Myitsone Dam Burma’s WMD?

Monday, September 26, 2011
The public outcry over the controversial Mytisone Dam project is growing by the day, with the “Save the Irrawaddy” campaign threatening to transform into a larger people’s movement that goes beyond protesting against the dam.

Suu Kyi's Long Road to Naypyidaw

Monday, August 22, 2011
Aung San Suu Kyi's invitation to Naypyidaw coincides with softer rhetoric and a reconciliatory tone from the government. Could this really be …. a step toward democracy?

Cautious Optimism and Continued Vigilance

Monday, August 15, 2011
Two meetings between Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese government does not mean that national reconciliation is close at hand, but it could at least be a start.

Burma and Asean Must Leave Their Comfort Zone

Monday, August 1, 2011
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations must insist on real change in Burma before allowing the country to assume the grouping's chairmanship.

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