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The Tatmadaw’s Role in Myanmar’s New Politics 
December 30, 2020

The Tatmadaw’s Role in Myanmar’s New Politics 

By Amara Thiha
How has Myanmar’s military recalibrated its role in a changing political system?

Challenges to Democracy and Hopes for Peace and Justice in Myanmar
December 24, 2020

Challenges to Democracy and Hopes for Peace and Justice in Myanmar

By Gus Miclat
For a multicultural society like Myanmar, the greatest test of democracy is whether the government treats its minorities equal to the majority.
What’s Next for Myanmar’s Military Proxy Party?
November 26, 2020

What’s Next for Myanmar’s Military Proxy Party?

By Sebastian Strangio
After a dismal showing at this month's election, the army-backed USDP faces a long road back to respectability.

Unofficial Count Gives Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party Victory in Myanmar
November 11, 2020

Unofficial Count Gives Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party Victory in Myanmar

By Associated Press
After another thundering landslide, the 75-year-old leader will lead Myanmar for a second five-year term.

Myanmar’s NLD Draws More Criticisms Ahead of National Poll
November 04, 2020

Myanmar’s NLD Draws More Criticisms Ahead of National Poll

By Sebastian Strangio
Aung San Suu Kyi's government is weathering heavy criticism about the upcoming poll – but none of it is likely to matter on election day.

Myanmar’s Election Marks a Step Away From Peace
November 04, 2020

Myanmar’s Election Marks a Step Away From Peace

By Ben Dunant
Sunday's vote will likely deliver a government with a strong popular mandate – a rarity in mainland Southeast Asia – but ethnic minorities will be left out in the cold.

Hate-Peddling Buddhist Monk Turns Himself in to Police in Myanmar
November 03, 2020

Hate-Peddling Buddhist Monk Turns Himself in to Police in Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
The move is most likely a desperate attempt to influence the result of this weekend's national election.
Why Next Month’s Elections Could Worsen Ethnic Tensions in Myanmar
October 26, 2020

Why Next Month’s Elections Could Worsen Ethnic Tensions in Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
Myanmar's electoral system concentrates power in the hands of the Burman majority, the root cause of decades of civil conflict.

Myanmar Calls Off Polling in Rakhine, Shan Conflict Zones
October 19, 2020

Myanmar Calls Off Polling in Rakhine, Shan Conflict Zones

By Sebastian Strangio
The cancellations were expected, but some say the decisions were selective and benefit the ruling National League for Democracy.

Myanmar’s High-Risk Election
October 17, 2020

Myanmar’s High-Risk Election

By Tom Fawthrop
Aung San Suu Kyi’s dangerous gamble to push ahead with a controversial election as a second wave of COVID-19 hits Myanmar hard. 

Activists Denounce Myanmar Election App For ‘Inflaming’ Ethnic Tensions
October 01, 2020

Activists Denounce Myanmar Election App For ‘Inflaming’ Ethnic Tensions

By Sebastian Strangio
By accepting Myanmar's rigid official racial and religious categorizations, the EU-funded app runs the risk of entrenching sectarian divides.
COVID-19 Spirals Ahead of Myanmar Election
September 28, 2020

COVID-19 Spirals Ahead of Myanmar Election

By Sebastian Strangio
The increasing spread of the virus is amplifying doubts about the viability and legitimacy of the upcoming election.

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