Former Norway Envoy’s Telenor Move Raises Eyebrows

The May 16 announcement that Norway’s former ambassador to Myanmar, Katja Nordgaard, will soon take a position with Telenor, the majority state-owned Norwegian telecommunications firm that signed a lucrative deal with Myanmar’s government last year, has prompted concern from some quarters about the ethics of what they see as just the latest example of an […]

Uneven development stifling Myanmar

Anyone arriving today at Mingaladon Airport and driving toward the center of Yangon would find it hard to imagine that just a few years ago Myanmar was an isolated country – poor, underdeveloped and labeled by the US as an “outpost of tyranny.” At the start of the 21st century there were few cars on […]

From General to Politician: A Conversation with Shwe Mann

Shwe Mann was once one of Burma’s most powerful generals, ranking third in the hierarchy of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the military regime that ruled until 2011; today, he is the speaker of the Union Parliament, and a key player in the country’s ongoing political transition. Until Thein Sein was named president, […]