From General to Politician: A Conversation with Shwe Mann

We live in an age of “cautious optimism,” when no one can say with any certainty what the future holds for Myanmar, but many believe that it will,

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Wanted: A Vision of Myanmar’s Future

We live in an age of “cautious optimism,” when no one can say with any certainty what the future holds for Myanmar, but many believe that it will, in any case,

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The Power Behind the Robe

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 of the Sangha.

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The Strange Birds behind the ’88 Coup

Retired Gen Kyaw Win is a keen observer. These days, he devotes what’s left of his failing eyesight to his two passions: photography and bird-watching.

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What We Were Fighting For

It was 25 years ago that students led a massive uprising against military rule in Myanmar—an event that has shaped an entire generation and affected virtually every person in the country.

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Putting a New Face on Myanmar’s Military

This year’s Armed Forces Day was, by all accounts, spectacular.

For the first time ever, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw, or armed forces, showed off its heavy weaponry and jet fighters as the commander-in-chief, Snr-Gen Min AungHlaing, received salutes from marching troops.

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The Dictators: Part 10—Than Shwe Enjoys Absolute Power

This is the tenth and final installment in the series The Dictators, which delves into the lives and careers of Burma’s two most infamous military chiefs and the cohorts that surrounded them.

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The Dictators: Part 9—Than Shwe Becomes King

This is the ninth installment in the The Dictators series by The Irrawaddy that delves into the lives and careers of Burma’s two most infamous military chiefs and the cohorts that surrounded them.

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The Dictators: Part 8—Khin Nyunt Overplays his Hand

This is the eighth installment in the The Dictators series by The Irrawaddy that delves into the lives and careers of Burma’s two most infamous military chiefs and the cohorts that surrounded them.

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The Dictators: Part 7—Than Shwe’s Reign Begins

This is the last of three special reports about shifting Burma-China relations as the former pariah state opens up to the rest of the world. The first two reports were published earlier this week.

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