Fresh Arakan Strife Bad Omen for Reform

The fresh violence in Arakan State will have serious implications for Burma and regional stability if it does not stop immediately. The international community must not remain passive in this regard or the country’s fragile democratic transition will face a grim setback.

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US Increases Pivot towards Burma

Burma observers have questioned the nature of this week’s visit by high ranking US defense officials to Naypyidaw. Vikram Singh, deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, is currently in Burma for a series of meetings.

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Can Suu Kyi Lead?

Sixteen years ago, in a commentary I wrote for the Bangkok-based newspaper The Nation titled “The Trouble with Suu Kyi,” I committed a small act of heresy by suggesting that the revered leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement was not above criticism.

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Suu Kyi Finds Her de Klerk

Aung San Suu Kyi’s current visit to the US will no doubt inspire many both at home and abroad. It also marks an important turning point in her role in Burma’s rapidly changing politics.

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Will Aung Kyi Defend Press Freedom?

Burma’s newly appointed Information Minister Aung Kyi is known to be moderate and most of the country’s journalists are cautiously optimistic about his appointment and keenly following his endeavors.

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Muslims in Burma – A Struggle to Live with Dignity and Respect

Part One of Two

For Buddhists and Muslims who live and co-exist in Burma, the recent outbreak of sectarian violence in Arakan State is nothing new. The profound fear that many feel, however, is that this won’t be the last time that these two communities are torn apart by strife.

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Love Thy Neighbor—Thai-Burmese Relations

In the last two months, Thailand has received two prominent figures from its former pariah neighbor.

Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi visited in June and now reformist President Thein Sein has just concluded a trip focusing on trade collaboration.

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Principled Engagement—Balancing Values with Interests

Washington’s decision to ease sanctions and allow US companies unfettered access into Burma’s lucrative military-linked oil and gas sectors has drawn fierce criticism from human rights advocates.

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Half a Century Later, War on Students Continues

Since Burma began its political opening last year, the peacock symbol has made something of a comeback. But the “fighting peacock” is not just a figure on the flag of the opposition National League for Democracy—it is also, and more importantly,

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Burma’s Rohingya Dilemma

Yesterday in Rangoon I witnessed firsthand the tensions that are gripping not only Arakan State but also, increasingly, other parts of Burma.

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