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06 Mar 2012 description

In today's podcast, Dr. David Steinberg, Georgetown University's Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, discusses political change in Burma/Myanmar. He offers a closer look at the economic and political forces that shape dynamics there, and explains the importance of the 2010 election and why the 2012 election will be also significant.

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03 Nov 2009 description

The plight of the Burmese Rohingya made headlines in early 2009 when Thai security forces were accused of pushing migrant boats out to sea. With ASEAN establishing a new human rights body and a US delegation visiting Burma, what chance is there for improvement for a stateless people? Simon Roughneen writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Simon Roughneen for ISN Security Watch

At its 15th summit held in Thailand two weeks ago, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations inaugurated the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission.

11 Sep 2009 description

The ruling junta may provoke renewed conflict with ethnic minorities ahead of 2010 elections as it seeks to impose its will on autonomous borderlands, Simon Roughneen writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Simon Roughneen for ISN Security Watch

Recent fighting in northern Burma sent over 35,000 refugees into China, prompting fears that the ruling junta is seeking a military solution to its recent demand that 17 ethnic militias based in Burma's borderlands merge with the state security forces before 2010 elections.

Over the weekend of 28 August, the junta's army overran …

21 Feb 2007 description

The most commonly agreed upon definition of a child soldier is based on the "Cape Town Principles" from 1997 and describes a child soldier as "any person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and anyone accompanying such groups, other than family members.