Thursday, May 05, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Taming the defence and security council

So now we know: By accepting the post of minister for foreign affairs, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is entitled to sit on the 11-member National Defence and Security Council. Her decision has thrown a spotlight on this shadowy but apparently powerful body, which has operated in obscurity throughout the term of the outgoing government.

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China, Singapore speak on Myanmar’s transition

After quizzing the ambassadors of the European Union, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom on the transition last week, The Myanmar Times speaks to the ambassadors for China and Singapore to get their views on U Htin Kyaw's government and the challenges it will face.

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Reckoning with Senior General Than Shwe

The first time I crossed the border into Myanmar, 15 years ago, I was sat in a small office waiting for my paperwork.

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Time to end the old boys’ monopoly

Last week I wrote about the lamentable lack of women in Myanmar’s new cabinet. It provoked a mixed reaction.

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Diplomats on the handover

The Myanmar Times asked several ambassadors for their views on the challenges and priorities that lie ahead for the new government, and what investment opportunities they see.

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Tribunal decision may spark regional conflict

Within the next two months, an international tribunal in Holland will make a judgement about the ownership of disputed islands in the South China Sea.

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Democracy in Myanmar: Who can take credit?

Paraphrasing the Roman historian Tacitus, US President John F Kennedy said in 1961 that “victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan”. This aphorism springs to mind as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy prepare to assume power as the first popularly elected government in Myanmar for more than 50 years.

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ASEAN’s destructive elites

The ASEAN has long been envisioned as a foundation stone for stability, security and increased prosperity in Asia. But with uncertainty plaguing the political systems of Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand, ASEAN may be entering a period of policy and diplomatic inertia. 

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Community health: We care for our own

With the convening of the National League for Democracy-dominated parliament and the formation of the U Htin Kyaw cabinet – including the appointment of Dr Myint Htwe as the new minister for health – we, along with our conflict-affected communities, are hopeful that there is finally light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

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Researching Myanmar today – this way please!

On a recent Tuesday, I turned up, unannounced, at the National Archives building in Nay Pyi Taw. I confess I was not sure what reception my Australian National University collaborator, Andrew Walker, and I would receive.

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