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Myanmar Round Up: January 2020 (A round up of selected English open source reports on Myanmar)

Myanmar charged into the New Year with high profile events dominating January 2020, viz. the visit by Xi Jinping; publication of the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) Report and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) interim verdict. In addi

Myanmar Round Up: December 2019

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s spirited though controversial visit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Hague, to defend her nation, its armed forces and its conduct leading to the Rohingya Crisis, was the predominant event in December. Interna

Xi Hajoor ! Old Wine in the ‘New Era’ for Myanmar

Background
Myanmar effectively boarded the BRI when Aung San Suu Kyi attended the First Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in May 2017. President Xi Jinping even acknowledged Myanmar in the context of the BRI in

Digital Empowerment of Myanmar

Introduction
On Oct 1, 2019, Myanmar celebrated “U-day”, to mark the official transition from its homegrown digital font Zawgyi (pronounced as “zaw-jee”) to a unified font conforming to the international standards of “Unicode

Myanmar Round Up: November 2019

November saw Myanmar come under coordinated international legal offensive with three cases filed against it in a span of four days, centered around the Rohingya crisis. Internally, the peace process remains stalled and the skirmishes between the Arak

Myanmar Round Up: October 2019

The irony of the democratic process in the ‘imperfect’ democracy that is Myanmar, is the military attempting to use the democratic mechanisms to elbow out the modicum of civilian control that exists! Slowly, but surely, the upcoming ele

Rohingya Refugee Children : Que Sara Sara?

A recent visit to a Rohingya camp near Cox bazar at Samlapore in Bangladesh revealed a reality that had been known about but not quite understood nor realised its full implications till the prevailing conditions for were seen. As is well documen

Myanmar Round Up: September 2019

“…it is clear that China will never be an honest broker capable of mediating a peace process that can bring lasting peace to Myanmar. Rather, China conducts a peace process guided by its own interests—one that goes nowhere.” - Joe Kumbun

Myanmar Round Up: August 2019

8888 Uprising Celebrations
The month of August holds reverence in the Myanmar political calendar due to the 8888 Pro-Democracy Uprising, named so since the uprising for democracy peaked on 8 Aug 1988 at Yangon University. This eventually

From Sanctions to Submarines - Myanmar, July 2019

July 2019 saw Myanmar remain in the news for a number of reasons, some negative and others not so negative. At the end of it all, though it may be a bit early to judge, it seems to be business as usual for the nation. News of the ban on the Myanm

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