Members of ethnic minorities standing against the military are concentrating on institutional change, while majority Bamar NLD supporters focus on the release of party leaders and the formation of government.
Networked authoritarianism at the edge
We should look beyond elite urban internet users to grasp the reach of Southeast Asian digital governance and its chilling effects
Behind the coup: what prompted the Tatmadaw’s grab for power?
Despite the seeming incredulity of the military and USDP’s claims of fraud, there is reason to take the Tatmadaw’s insistence on the legitimacy of its constitutional claims seriously.
American foreign policy towards Myanmar part 2: The failure of wishful thinking
A rash decision near the end of Obama’s tenure led to the complete failure of American foreign policy.
American foreign policy towards Myanmar part 1: ‘Blinded by the light’ of Wilsonian idealism
Past US government policies towards Myanmar have been idealistic and flawed by partisan diplomacy.
MDBs in Myanmar: risk regulators on complex infrastructure projects?
Environmental and social risks can emerge from MDBs’ lack of awareness of and responsiveness to local conditions.
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.