In a book called Elusive Peace that he co-wrote and edited in 1995, I William Zartman described what he called a “ripe moment” for negotiations to end an armed conflict.
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A remarkable strategic red line has been crossed in the past few weeks. The ramifications for this region are hard to predict but unlikely to be pleasant.
Foreign investors have many issues to consider before investing in Myanmar, including the investment laws, regulatory framework, poor infrastructure, monetary policy and political uncertainly.
U Thein Sein’s government has a responsibility to clean up the mess created by the military regime in Rakhine, writes Sithu Aung Myint.
The political situation in Thailand is a mess that looks almost unsalvageable but there is a perverse logic to it, writes Roger Mitton.
The Myanmar Peace Center's Aung Naing Oo says the time is ripe for ending armed conflict in Myanmar, with most – but not yet all – of the necessary conditions having fallen into place.
There are positive signs from the peace process, but does the Tatmadaw have the political will for real change and a lasting solution?
I recently made a month-long research trip to Myanmar to meet with the country’s political elite –nationals and foreign – regarding the democratic transition and the prospect of peace and reconciliation.
It’s not easy arguing with an old chum if he drops in unexpected, but I have the advantage over him of having covered the region for the past quarter-century and more.
Myanmar’s first census since reform measures were undertaken is occurring right now.
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