The American Stake in Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Although many Americans would have a hard time finding Sri Lanka or Myanmar on a map, these two Asian countries are in the midst of major political transformations with important and uncertain outcomes. Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election on August 17 will determine whether the reforms of President Maithripala Sirisena, himself elected to the surprise of […]

West hurting only itself with economic sanctions on Myanmar

Myanmar’s opening up has attracted much interest, not only from its Asian neighbours but also those in the West that once considered the country a pariah state. Recent events, however, suggest that Naypyidaw’s honeymoon with the United States and Europe may be waning over political issues. In contrast, China and others remain ready to engage, […]

Japan focused on Thilawa, for now, not Dawei: Jetro

The Dawei Special Economic Zone still appeals to Japan, but for now its attention is focused on Thilawa, another industrial zone. Masaki Takahara, managing director of the Japan External Trade Organisation’s Yangon office, said recently that Japan realised the importance of Dawei for |connectivity within Asean, but the country cannot stretch itself to develop both […]