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Despite COVID-19, Asia’s Drug Trade Expands, Diversifies
June 11, 2021

Despite COVID-19, Asia’s Drug Trade Expands, Diversifies

By Sebastian Strangio
Asian government's seizures of methamphetamine rose 19 percent in 2020.

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.
The Lost World of the Lords of the Sky
October 23, 2020

The Lost World of the Lords of the Sky

By Robert Bociaga 
The tangled history of Shan State reveals the broken promises of a federal, truly democratic Myanmar.

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 Ceasefire Falls Apart in Shan State
August 01, 2020

Myanmar’s Ceasefire Falls Apart in Shan State

By Maggi Quadrini
Instability in northern Shan state is increasing the forced displacement of locals, along other rights abuses.

Myanmar: Shattered Hopes for Peace
July 15, 2020

Myanmar: Shattered Hopes for Peace

By Robert Bociaga
As Myanmar heads into election season, ethnic groups are no longer optimistic about their life under NLD rule.

Myanmar’s Meaningless Unilateral Ceasefires
May 29, 2020

Myanmar’s Meaningless Unilateral Ceasefires

By Joe Kumbun
The many unilateral ceasefires seem meaningless -- they have not stopped or even lessened the fighting so far.
Myanmar Police Seize 18 Tons of Narcotics, Related Materials in Asia’s Biggest-Ever Drug Bust
May 19, 2020

Myanmar Police Seize 18 Tons of Narcotics, Related Materials in Asia’s Biggest-Ever Drug Bust

By Ankit Panda
The bust was carried out by Myanmar police, in coordination with the country’s military.

China's Stake in the Myanmar Peace Process
August 15, 2018

China's Stake in the Myanmar Peace Process

By Mark Inkey
Why is Beijing providing funds for ethnic armed groups to join a government-backed peace conference?

Beyond the Rohingya: Myanmar’s Other Crises
February 08, 2018

Beyond the Rohingya: Myanmar’s Other Crises

By Gavin Kelleher
With Rakhine state in the international spotlight, Myanmar’s abuses in Kachin state continue with little global notice.

What Does Myanmar’s 'Biggest Ever' Drug Bust Actually Mean?
January 19, 2018

What Does Myanmar’s 'Biggest Ever' Drug Bust Actually Mean?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Though the record seizure deserves mention, focus on such developments also obscures the massive scale of the problem.
Myanmar's Unhappy Rebels
January 08, 2018

Myanmar's Unhappy Rebels

By Neil Thompson
Dissatisfaction with the government's approach to peace talks could lead to renewed conflict in Myanmar's north.

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