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Q&As: Burma/Myanmar

November 2017

Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar

Policy Q&A

The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) explains the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.

October 2017

The Role for Hydropower in the Greater Mekong Subregion’s Power Sector

Policy Q&A

Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby of the Stimson Center explain the complexities of the region's power sector as countries with growing economies are turning to the Mekong River to power their growing ecohnomies and expand energy access.

August 2015

How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections


Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.

February 2015

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Mediating Historic Distrust

Policy Q&A

Gum San Nsang, president of Kachin Alliance, discusses the current status of negotiations and explains what ethnics groups hope to achieve through the process. He argues that both the Myanmar government and military must commit to substantial institutional and political reforms in order to generate credibility for the difficult peace negotiations. He also makes the case for why a diverse group of international observers should be allowed to witness the ceasefire talks.

January 2015

A New Year of Apprehension in Myanmar


Complications over the upcoming general elections, stagnating peace negotiations, widespread land confiscations, and the treatment of ethnic minority groups have reinforced U.S. concerns that 2015 could witness an unraveling of Myanmar’s reform process.

November 2014

Myanmar: What Is Next for Business Engagement?


In this new commentary, Erin Murphy and James Clad draw on their extensive knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region to offer unique insight into what’s to come for foreign business engagement in Myanmar.

November 2014

Previewing President Obama’s Trip to Myanmar for the East Asia Summit


This commentary analyzes the potential impact President Obama’s trip to Myanmar will have on the future of the United States’ Myanmar policy and relations between the two countries.

July 2014

Myanmar's Financial Integration


Koji Kubo (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization) argues that both the United States and Myanmar must take steps to strengthen Myanmar’s formal payment and settlement system, which will be a critical factor for the country’s future economic growth and successful integration into the global economy.

December 2013

Myanmar's 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship: A Litmus Test of Progress?


Moe Thuzar (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) assesses Myanmar’s prospects as the 2014 chair of ASEAN. She contends that it is in the interest of both the United States and ASEAN to work to ensure that Myanmar’s chairmanship year strengthens the country’s reforms and path toward democracy.

November 2011

U.S. Joins East Asia Summit: Implications for Regional Cooperation

Policy Q&A

Following the APEC and ASEAN meetings, the 2012 East Asia Summit provides opportunity to advance regional cooperation. In an interview with NBR, NARP scholar Anne Marie Murphy describes the EAS agenda, implications for host-country Indonesia, and the significance of formally including the United States for the first time.


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