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Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Of Myanmar’s 14 state and regional chief ministers, few have seen such highs and lows in terms of their public approval as Yangon’s U Phyo Min Thein. In 2016, the country’s biggest nationalist group, Ma Ba Tha, threatened to target him with a nationwide protest after he vowed to wipe the group out. In response, […]

Misinterpreting diplomatic (or rather economic) dividends

A recent piece by Tantowi Yahya, a member of the House of Representatives titled “Foreign policy versus Indonesia Inc.: Time to reap diplomatic dividends” correctly exposed some of Indonesia’s past diplomatic successes that should have yielded better economic outcomes. Unfortunately his analysis failed to capture the “real” problem — reaping diplomatic, or economic, dividends from […]

In Myanmar, Newly Free Media Struggle to Turn a Profit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s journalists celebrated this year when the government lifted a five-decade ban on private newspapers. But six months after a dozen dailies rushed into production, journalists who had withstood the wrath and cruelty of a military dictatorship are struggling against something much more mundane: market forces. Despite expectations of pent-up demand, publishers […]