Category: Burma

China’s Plan to Buy Influence and Undermine Democracy

     

  To enhance its economic and political clout, China has made substantial inroads across Southeast Asia on the back of multi-billion-dollar infrastructure and investment deals, notes analyst Philip Heijmans. This… Read more »

Burma’s Rohingya crisis – what you need to know

     

Officially, Myanmar’s government does not recognize the Rohingya as lawful citizens, National Geographic reports: The government claims they were brought to Rakhine from Bangladesh during the time when Myanmar was… Read more »

Burma’s Rohingya refugee crisis fits pattern of faltering reforms, weak leadership

     

Myanmar’s unwillingness to deal with the Rohingya refugee crisis fits a broader pattern of faltering reforms and indecisive leadership, the FT’s John Reed writes: The most serious crisis since Myanmar… Read more »

Extremism-fueled strategic instability threatens Asia’s democracies

     

Asia’s democracies are threatened by a growing source of strategic instability at the sub-state level, as increasing religiosity and extremist ideologies gain momentum in the national consciousness of several countries in… Read more »

Burma’s transition: ‘yet to give substance to strategy’

     

A senior Myanmar government official on Tuesday denied there was ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in the troubled northwestern state of Rakhine, where a military operation aimed at the minority… Read more »

New monitoring tool shows shrinking civic space

     

While many rights groups have raised concern over the global decline in democracy, we have not had a compete, global picture of the levels of respect for civic space –… Read more »

After the Miracle: The End of the Asian Century?

     

  East Timor is voting for a new president in an election that will test Asia‘s newest and poorest nation, VOA reports. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s ongoing crackdown against opposition politicians and… Read more »