May 27, 2017

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View from Riyadh: Suu Kyi on Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

Hashimiah Orphans Madrasah at Pasar borong Selayang, housing Rohingya Muslim girls. (Photo by Firdaus Latif, Wikimedia Commons)

It is high time for the international community to take stringent and decisive measures to halt the ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims. Read More »

Is ASEAN a Newfound Voice for the Rohingya?

A meeting of Rohingya Muslim leaders and their supporters at a January panel. (Photo via Rohingya.org)

Myanmar has long valued ASEAN for the protection it provides not only from the wider international community but also its fellow members. But the unwillingness of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue has pushed ASEAN members towards new forms of protest. This failure is already a tragedy, but for ASEAN it might become a disaster. Read More »

Myanmar’s Political Choice

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Myanmar’s November 8 election will be different in many ways from all such exercises of the past and are expected to prove to be one more essential step towards political reforms. Read More »

Is Myanmar’s Ceasefire Agreement Good Enough?

Envoys from the United Nations and China joined one of Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed groups in urging ethnic leaders to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government. (Photo by Irrawaddy)

Myanmar must find a solution to the socially and economically devastating Kachin insurgency. And it needs to bring other smaller armed ethnic groups formally into the present arrangement. They must be brought into the main peace-making process as soon as practicable. Read More »

Myanmar’s Minority Conundrum

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For long-term happiness, Myanmar’s minorities will be seeking greater autonomy and the chance to defend their cultural heritage. Even if all goes well, balancing their interests against those of the majority will be a permanent conundrum. Read More »

Peace Again at Stake in India’s Nagaland

Several separatist movements have been going on in northeastern Indian state since the country's independence from the UK. (Photo via 
PhualvaTimes)

With the NSCN (K) withdrawing from the ceasefire, trouble could brew once more in India's restive Nagaland state, putting the government’s ambitious plans for an ASEAN trade gateway at risk. Read More »

Can Bangladesh’s Jumma Minority Speak up?

Women at a market in Bandarban, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. (Photo by jankie, Creative Commons License)

The mood of Bangladesh’s government indicates an urgency for increased securitization, surveillance, discrimination and suspicion of the country’s Tibeto-Burman speaking Buddhist minority, known as Jummas. Read More »

Laying the Foundations for Myanmar’s Development

Businessmen make a bank deposit at a bank in Yangon. (Photo by Axel Drainville, Creative Commons License)

Greater economic openness will have a fundamental effect on the structure of the Myanmar economy. But substantial and strategic investment in infrastructure is needed to support the development of its domestic markets and their integration into the international economy. Read More »

Is the Myanmar Regime Splintering?

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The return of direct military rule is becoming increasingly unlikely in Myanmar, particularly due to how this would undermine the economic benefits of the reform process. But the degree to which the current regime remains a unified entity will directly affect the country’s future trajectory and its prospects for a democratic future. Read More »

Sri Lanka Tilts to Beijing, Dumps India?

During the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Sri Lanka and China commissioned the last phase of the Norochcholai power plant, initiated work on the much-awaited Colombo Port City project and signed more than 20 other bilateral agreements to enhance cooperation.

Sri Lanka’s strategic orientation is undergoing a sea change as it emerges as China’s new best friend and security partner in the eastern Indian Ocean. With a stable and cooperative authoritarian regime strategically located in the central Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka ticks many of China’s strategic boxes after increasing instability in Pakistan, its strongest ally in the region. Read More »