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24 Oct 2014 description

The burning question in Washington about Myanmar’s transition is: are things regressing, stalled, or moving forward? The short answer is all of the above. In August, 2014, CSIS organized a delegation to examine the status of the Myanmar transition in three key dimensions: health and development; political reform and governance; and conflict resolution with the country’s minority groups. This report is a summary of CSIS’ observations and thoughts on strengthening U.S. support for Myanmar’s transition. The bottom line: active U.S.

18 Jul 2013 description

By Gregory Poling, Amy Killian

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) is the only major armed ethnic group that has not signed an initial ceasefire with the Myanmar government. But despite agreements with 11 other major rebel groups, lasting peace in the country is far from certain. The potential for renewed conflict between these groups and the Myanmar military is the greatest threat to continued democratic reform.

09 Nov 2012 description

By Murray Hiebert, Phuong Nguyen

One of the byproducts of the reforms launched in Myanmar over the past 18 months has been a sharp rise in protests against land acquisitions by previous governments and their businessman friends. Parliament’s Reform and Development Monitoring Committee said in June that it had received complaints from thousands of farmers in the Magway region during a fact-finding trip in central Myanmar.

12 Sep 2012 description

Ernest Bower, Michael Green, Christopher Johnson, and Murray Hiebert


03 Aug 2012 description

By Gregory Poling and Prashanth Parameswaran
Aug 2, 2012

Myanmar continues to pursue reforms at an impressive pace, but the plight of the country’s Rohingya population remains a disgrace for a state seeking to engage the international community. That disgrace is not the government’s alone—it is shared by the opposition movement, including its leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the country’s neighbors and the international community.

21 Jun 2012 description

Violence hits Papua (again): a crisis in need of a leader

By Gregory Poling, Research Assistant, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS

June 21, 2012

11 Jun 2012 description

The scope and pace of liberalization in Myanmar since the inauguration of the "civilianized" Republic of the Union of Myanmar in March 2011 have been remarkable. These policy initiatives encompass a broad spectrum of the multicultural entity that is Myanmar. In politics, economics, governance, and social arenas, President Thein Sein has articulated a reform agenda that is constantly expanding and has publicly acknowledged societal deficiencies that have remained real but officially unacknowledged for a half-century of military-dominated rule.

05 Apr 2012 description

By Fuadi Pitsuwan

Fuadi Pitsuwan (pitsuwan2@gmail.com) is a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a WSD-Handa Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in Hawaii. The views expressed in this article are the author's, not those of his affiliations.

27 Jan 2012 description

The recent release of many high-profile political prisoners by the Myanmar government has been hailed as a firm step on the country's path toward democracy. While the effects of many reforms have not yet trickled down tangibly to the masses and remain largely confined to major cities and Bamar-majority areas, noticeable changes have undeniably occurred.

13 Jan 2011 description

Pacific Forum CSIS

Honolulu, Hawaii

by David I Steinberg

David I. Steinberg [steinbdi@georgetown.edu] is Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. His Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford), has been translated into Korean. Adapted from a January 2011 Global Asia essay.

The seemingly interminable process of formulating a constitution and holding elections in Burma/Myanmar came to a conclusion on Nov.

18 Jun 2008 description


Bad Times Turn Disastrous in Burma

The Disaster

Cyclone Nargis struck Burma's Irrawaddy Delta region and Rangoon (Yangon), its largest city, on May 2 to 3, killing between 63,000 and 101,000 people and leaving 220,000 missing and 2.4 million badly affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (whose official estimate dates from May 9 and has not been revised). Although India warned Burma's generals of the storm 48 hours before it struck, an evacuation was not organized.

22 May 2008 description

by Hannah Ruth Chia

After years of blissful ignorance, the world woke up to the situation in Myanmar last year, when her people, led by monks, took to the streets to protest the military junta that has ruled with an iron fist for more than 40 years. The junta responded swiftly and the rebellion was crushed. Even the monks, so revered in Burmese society, were not spared. The world then forgot, until Cyclone Nargis reared its ugly head.

The humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar was no different from any other. Countries pledged aid and made plans to send aid workers there.

20 May 2008 description

Author: Richard P. Cronin


Tragedies brought about by natural disasters sometimes become powerful forces for change in countries marked by political strife and repression. Cyclone Nargis, a powerful topical storm that inundated the Irrawaddy River Delta region of Burma May 3, could mark the beginning of the end for a military regime that has brutally misgoverned one of the world's poorest countries, which they call Myanmar, for almost two decades.

The Dec.

14 Jan 2005 description

Masahiro Sakurauchi, Visiting Fellow, Office of the Japan Chair, CSIS
Generous support for Asian neighbors

13 Jan 2005 description

New York City and Washington DC (via videoconference) with Jan Egeland, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator