US Urges Burma to end North Korea Military Ties

WASHINGTON — Pockets within the Burma military may still be cooperating with North Korea although the new civilian government and the military leadership oppose such ties, a senior US official said Wednesday. During Burma’s years of international isolation, its then-ruling junta bought defense equipment from North Korea. The US has been pressing Burma to cease […]

Burma’s Sanctions Gamble

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi has emerged on the world stage this month with a visit to the White House and a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. She’s also taking her biggest gamble so far as de facto democratic head of state by agreeing to the U.S. decision to lift sanctions imposed during […]

Ahead of Suu Kyi visit, Obama weighs Myanmar sanctions relief

The United States is considering further easing or lifting sanctions against Myanmar around the time of a White House visit this month by the country’s new leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, U.S. officials told Reuters. President Barack Obama is expected to decide on the extent of the sanctions relief after consultations between Suu Kyi and […]

U.S. Companies Investing in Myanmar Must Show Steps to Respect Human Rights

WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration lifted economic sanctions on Myanmar last year, encouraging American investments after decades of treating the nation as a pariah, it did so with a significant caveat. President U Thein Sein of Myanmar in the Oval Office in May, where he met with President Obama. For the first time, effective […]

Myanmar’s Moment? 8 reasons to be optimistic about Southeast Asia’s rising tiger

Myanmar is attracting a lot of attention these days. The visit by President Thein Sein to Washington in May, the first by a leader of Myanmar since 1966, included a meeting with President Barack Obama — marking an emphatic end to the years of international isolation. But it is not only Myanmar’s change of political […]

Burma or Myanmar ? – a rose by any other name..

During President Thein Sein historic visit to the White House on 20th May 2013 we get a bit of doublespeak from the White House Press Secretary: “At a White House press briefing during the Burmese president’s visit to the White House, White House press secretary Jay Carney referred to the country as Myanmar as “a […]