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Myanmar

The 2020 Myanmar election: resetting the role of civil society organisations

The current restricted environment for CSOs, especially those advocating on human rights and accountability, is almost certain to continue in post-2020 Myanmar.

Understanding LGBT realities in Myanmar: new study indicates public support for equality

Findings give direction for advocacy groups to strategise change-making programs.

Securing a fair election in Rakhine’s conflict zones

As the Arakan Army’s armed struggle appears increasingly attractive to young voters, Myanmar’s democracy cannot afford the appearance of another false promise.

Myanmar’s electoral management institutions: the challenges of monitoring

In 2020 the role of the Union Election Commission and election monitoring seems increasingly politicised.

Emerging dynamics among Southeast Asia’s Nepali diaspora

Associations and the polyvocality of social media can bring to fore diverse meanings of being in the diaspora

New books on Southeast Asia: Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Nick Cheesman talks to the authors of a new book on the "limited liberalism" that allows the tolerance of some minorities in Myanmar, and the exclusion of others.

Myanmar votes 2020: the COVID election

Myanmar must face its second competitive election in the context of a global recession and under the shadow of a ruthless pandemic.

The survival of Myanmar’s democracy demands institutional forbearance

Persistent adherence to the written rules makes Mynamar's vulnerable to authoritarian tendencies and threatens a fragile democracy.

China won’t end Myanmar’s conflict with the United Wa State Army

China will continue supporting Ethnic Armed Organisations with cultural and economic ties to China.

“Stay at home”: COVID-19 and rising domestic violence in Myanmar’s informal urban settlements

In the manufacturing hub of Hlaingthaya, migrant women often live in isolation.

The hidden heterogeneity of Rohingya refugees

Reductive narratives about the Rohingya trafficked by governments, NGOs and Rohingya leaders themselves contribute to the exclusion of some refugees from rights and protection.

Fighting on two fronts: the women facing conflict and COVID-19 in Rakhine state

Women in Rakhine state are doubly jeopardised when the threat of COVID-19 intersects with war.

Myanmar’s economic relief plan risks excluding vulnerable populations

Who gets to be categorized as vulnerable and receive much-needed economic assistance?

COVID-19 gives cover for threats to freedom of information and expression in Myanmar

An ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression is impacting the access to essential information.

A plague of epidemics throughout Myanmar history

For centuries a cross roads of Asia, Myanmar has also suffered the attendant waves of epidemic and endemic disease.

Reflections on the future of Myanmar Studies

Where to now for Myanmar Studies? New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly reflects on a rapidly changing field.

Can we avoid Myanmar’s isolation over the Rohingya?

Recent experience suggests that once Myanmar sees itself as isolated and victimised, it can be much harder to influence to change its approach on the Rohingya.

Trapped: slavery in the 21st century

The ILO is making slow but sure progress towards SDGs on human trafficking and forced labour in Myanmar, writes Gary Rynhart.

A photograph of demonstrators supporting Daw Aung Suu Kyi

Justice in Myanmar: the view from Auntie’s shop

Brutal violence and nasty racist politics have a long history in Myanmar. To survive, people compartmentalise.

What lurks beyond the Belt and Road in Myanmar?

A reflection on China-Myanmar relations ahead of Xi Jinping’s visit on 17 January 2020.

Human rights and heritage sites in Myanmar: An irreconcilable juxtaposition or a productive conversation?

What does world heritage inscription means in a country where human rights abuses are ongoing.

Lost in tongue: the politics of mother tongue education in Myanmar

A glimpse into the current state of mother tongue education and its connections to the broader ethnic reconciliation process.

Illiberalism and democratic illusions in Myanmar

မြန်မာနိုင်ငံရှိ တင်းမာသောအမြင်သဘောထားနှင့် ဒီမိုကရေစီလှည့်စားမှုများ - ဖွဲ့စည်းပုံအခြေခံဥပဒေပြင်ဆင်ခြင်းအား နိုင်ငံရေးစွမ်းဆောင်မှုအဖြစ် အသုံးချခြင်း

Smallholder crop booms in mainland SEA

Destructive cycles of crop booms carve deep cracks in SEA societies, cultures and landscapes.