Tag Archives: Myanmar

Laying the Foundations for Myanmar’s Development

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.

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Is the Myanmar Regime Splintering?

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.

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Sri Lanka Tilts to Beijing, Dumps India?

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.

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Bangladesh’s Rohingya Camps — Promise or Peril?

Bangladesh's decision to move two camps housing some 30,000 Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Details of Dhaka’s plans remain murky and distrust high as resident Rohingyas have faced decades of ill-treatment in Bangladesh.

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‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy

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Jokowi Saves Indonesia’s Democracy

Indonesia is the most successful democracy in the region at this time — though all democracies in Southeast Asia have their defects. Jokowi’s victory will provide ASEAN with regional leadership as the 47-year-old organization moves into an ambitious phase under the ASEAN Community plans.

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Myanmar’s Rohingyas – No Time to Lose

Rohingyas an ethnic minority of Myanmar, have not been recognized as citizens by the country despite living there for centuries.   Exactly when they came to Myanmar and settled in the western Rakhine state of Arakan is not known. But it is a historical fact that it was a few centuries ago, most probably when the last Mogul emperor of …

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Myanmar and the ‘Ripe Moment’

In a book called Elusive Peace that he co-wrote and edited in 1995, I William Zartman described what he called a “ripe moment” for negotiations to end an armed conflict. However, at the same time he cautioned that it is “most difficult to define and to find the appropriate moment for negotiations”.   Zartman explained that “turning points” should herald …

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Food As A Weapon of War

Food as a weapon of war At the Yarmouk camp in Syria the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (“UNRWA”) can provide a family of five enough food to survive almost two weeks for less than USD $35. At least it can whenever it is allowed to enter the camp and deliver supplies. Food aid is the principal means of …

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A Political Anatomy of Land Grabs in Myanmar

The phrase “land grab” has become common in Myanmar, often making front page news. This reflects the more open political space available to talk about injustices, as well as the escalating severity and degree of land dispossession under the new government.   But this seemingly simple two-word phrase is in fact very complex and opaque. It thus deserves greater clarity …

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