Diversifying Myanmar’s economy should be a priority for the next government

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Diversifying Myanmar’s economy should be a priority for the next government

When Myanmar’s military regime began opening up the country politically and economically in 2010, one motive was to alleviate the country’s overreliance on China. Ten years down the road, in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the threat of new Western sanctions triggered by human rights violations (HRV) against the Muslim […]

Myanmar has changed, but remains firmly in China’s grip

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Myanmar has changed, but remains firmly in China’s grip

April 2018 marked the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi assuming the position of state councillor of Myanmar. Despite predictions that Myanmar’s tentative steps towards democracy would weaken the country’s long-standing relationship with Beijing, the security situation in Myanmar’s border regions and tepid relations with the West ensure that China remains the Suu Kyi […]

The Importance of Reining in Myanmar GADs Section 144 Powers

The Importance of Reining in Myanmar GADs Section 144 Powers

In October serious concerns began being raised about the situation in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State after reports surfaced that nine police officers had been killed in the region. But the state’s precarious situation continues to be shrouded in mystery. Speculation over the motives of the perpetrators and unsubstantiated claims that it may be linked to […]

Myanmar’s Energy Sector Lacking Security

Myanmar’s Energy Sector Lacking Security

Myanmar is on track to be a major player in Asia’s energy security. It has an abundance of untapped resources, a geographic location strategically sandwiched between two economic giants (China and India) and has recently opened itself to world markets. Yet the nation faces internal and external challenges in developing a competitive Myanmar energy sector. […]

The Challenges Of Myanmar’s Extractive Industries

The Challenges Of Myanmar’s Extractive Industries

Following five decades of rule by socialist and military governments under which the country became one of the least developed countries in the world, a new chapter of Myanmar’s engagement with the international community was opened in March 2011. While the previous regime denied that poverty existed in Myanmar the new government acknowledged the problem […]

An Unsteady Balance of Power Likely in Myanmar Elections

An Unsteady Balance of Power Likely in Myanmar Elections

Much uncertainty surrounds the lead up to and conduct of Myanmar’s upcoming legislative elections. The recent voting down of constitutional amendments in parliament — almost certainly (and solely) by the bloc of appointed, non-elected military parliamentarians — erodes to a certain extent the legitimacy of the electoral process. The Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s armed forces) retain their […]

Myanmar’s Political Destination After The Myanmar Elections Unknown

Myanmar’s Political Destination After The Myanmar Elections Unknown

The second general election since Myanmar began its political transition in 2011 will be held on Sunday 8 November 2015 with some 30 million Myanmar voters — at home and abroad — potentially eligible to vote in one of the largest worldwide, single-stage voting events. But what the election means for Myanmar’s continued democratic transition […]