Myanmar’s Military Holds Key to Further Reform

What does Myanmar need to push through a successful democratic transition? It must build strong institutions, transform the economy, and end decades of conflict between ethnic armed groups and government forces, among numerous other challenges. Yet, these enormous tasks seem trivial when compared to what is probably the biggest obstacle to further democratic reform: the […]

Myanmar Insists no North Korea Links as U.S. Envoy Visits

Myanmar has no military ties with North Korea, a Myanmar official said on Monday, as a U.S. diplomat responsible for North Korea arrived for talks in which he was likely to seek assurances on efforts to isolate it.Ambassador Joseph Yun met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military’s commander in chief in […]

US offers path to redemption for ‘cronies’

Myanmar officials and the business community yesterday expressed hope that the lifting of US sanctions against prominent industrialist U Win Aung last week would open the door to an influx of US investment and the removal from Washington’s blacklist of other tycoons linked to the former military regime. An industry insider who asked not to […]