America’s estrangement from Thailand

The American public increasingly thinks of Thailand as unstable, a perception fueled by official criticism of Thailand’s politics. Although this criticism is partially driven by developments in Thailand, it is also a result of uncoordinated and reactionary foreign policy. A recently released movie, No Escape, features an American family desperately trying to flee from an […]

India’s Myanmar Policy

Indian foreign policy has changed markedly since the 1990s, driven by realism and its own economic and strategic interests. One important change has been the increased attention New Delhi has been paying to Southeast Asia over the past two decades. The government of P. V. Narasimha Rao, which initiated India’s “Look East Policy,” also recognized […]

Myanmar brushes off limited US sanctions renewal

YANGON: Myanmar on Friday shrugged off US President Barack Obama’s decision to renew some sanctions against the country in order to spur continued reform, in a move that highlighted fears over continued rights abuses. Obama said sanctions restricting certain investments should be renewed because the former military-run nation still poses “an unusual and extraordinary threat […]

U Win Tin: Insights from Myanmar’s Tiger in Chief

When I learned of death of Myanmar writer and activist U Win Tin, I decided to wear a blue shirt for the day. The gesture, however small, struck me as a fitting tribute to Myanmar’s longest-held political prisoner, a man who vowed to continue wearing his blue prison shirt until all prisoners of conscience in […]