China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in high risk projects, reports Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly […]

Militarism in Thailand and Myanmar: A Role Reversal in the Making?

Militarism seems to be migrating from the latter to the former at a speedy rate. By Pavin Chachavalpongpun A role reversal for Myanmar and Thailand is starkly in the making, as concerns about militarism seem to continue to migrate from the former to the latter at a speedy rate. Recent developments towards democracy in Myanmar […]

How Will Myanmar’s Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?

Post-election horse-trading has begun in earnest in Myanmar, hinting at the contours of a new power-sharing arrangement between elected and military forces. As National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds private meetings with senior military leaders, including an unprecedented session with influential former dictator Senior General Than Shwe, questions are rising about […]

Pills, terrorism concern water festival police

Police are cracking down on sex, drugs and terrorism in advance of this year’s Thingyan festivities. Revellers planning on a bacchus may have to dampen their expectations as police plan to seize what they call “sex arousal” pills and will also be raiding guesthouses and hotels during the celebration. The authorities warn that unknown side […]

APR takes up the elephant dance

As Myanmar continues to emerge from the shadows of isolation onto the international stage, engagement with overseas investors is deepening further. There are some sticking points – the United States has yet to lift all of its sanctions, for example. But Ford and Coca-Cola are here, and nearly 1000 international businessmen and women visited Nay […]

Myanmar takes up ASEAN chair

Taking hold of the ASEAN gavel from Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on October 10, the normally subdued President U Thein Sein sported an uncharacteristic grin. He had good reason to smile. For most of the past two decades Myanmar was the outcast of the 10-nation bloc. In just a few years it has successfully transformed […]