Thant Myint-U: ‘The Number One Challenge is De-Isolation’

RANGOON — With a new government still almost six weeks from taking power, The Irrawaddy’s founding editor-in-chief Aung Zaw speaks with author and founder of the Yangon Heritage Trust Thant Myint-U on the country’s challenges and economic outlook, the peace process and relations with China. Following is an edited transcript of a longer interview, which […]

Myanmar’s Royal Legacy

When you visit the home of the long-lost heir to the Burmese throne, you’re not supposed to sit on a chair. Nor are you to sit on the wooden bench, above which hang black and white family portraits, including an image of Queen Supalayat and King Thibaw, the last in a line of absolute rulers. […]

Israel aims to make its mark in Myanmar

Since the recent opening up of the country, Myanmar has been receiving tremendous interest from investors, conglomerates and countries around the world who are vying for a piece of the last frontier in Asia. The US and EU governments have been making attempts aggressively to normalize their relations with the former pariah nation by lifting […]