Marking 70 Years of US-Myanmar Relations

Today we commemorate a milestone anniversary in the relations between the United States and Myanmar. It was 70 years ago today, on September 18, 1947, that the US Department of State announced that the governments of Burma and the United States had “agreed to exchange representatives with the rank of ambassador.” That announcement was made […]

Asean awaits – nervously – a new Myanmar

After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within Asean about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging. Asean leaders understand too well the grouping’s most famous nemesis, Suu Kyi, is going […]

America’s estrangement from Thailand

The American public increasingly thinks of Thailand as unstable, a perception fueled by official criticism of Thailand’s politics. Although this criticism is partially driven by developments in Thailand, it is also a result of uncoordinated and reactionary foreign policy. A recently released movie, No Escape, features an American family desperately trying to flee from an […]

Rights groups call on Obama to renew sanctions

A coalition of 29 human rights groups issued a statement on Tuesday urging US President Barack Obama to continue the country’s policy of “national emergency” with respect to Myanmar, which is set to expire later this month. A number of sanctioning tools remain at the disposal of the US State Department and Treasury, although most […]

OBG Report Charts Myanmar’s Development as FDI Rockets

UK-based publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) published its first country report on Myanmar which sheds light on the country’s new investment law, wide-ranging reforms and emerging economic sectors, the firm announced. With most Western sanctions now lifted and a new mining law in the pipeline, “The Report: Myanmar 2014” charts the […]

US Exim Bank Raises Hopes in Myanmar With Credit Offer

YANGON — Local businesses are hoping for more foreign investment in Myanmar, after the Export and Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) began offering credit for trade with the country last week. US businesses are considering their options in Myanmar, after staying away for over a decade due to economic sanctions imposed on […]