Initial analysis of the gender balance at the recent 21st-century Panglong Conference offers some fascinating insights into attitudes toward women among different sectors of those involved in the country’s peace process.
While walking along Bogyoke Road one evening last week, my partner and I noticed something odd.
After Brexit, the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, it was reported that some members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations were considering a similar move. It is not going to happen just yet, but many officials are increasingly – and angrily – demanding that ASEAN must change if it is to survive.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s nomination for a second term is inexorably moving forward with a lack of transparency that has become all too typical. Many observers are once again gnashing their teeth at the United States’ continued monopoly over the top post, despite the poor performance of past US nominees. As the late Yogi Berra once put it, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
China is a big fan of dams. Indeed, over the past 50 years, the country has constructed more dams than all other countries combined. But there is one dam that China never managed to get built: the Myitsone dam in Myanmar. And Chinese leaders can’t seem to let it go.
Myanmar's new government is making its international debut. In mid-August, Beijing welcomed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s state counsellor and foreign minister. This followed her trips to Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbours Laos and Thailand and preceded President U Htin Kyaw’s landmark visit to India. On September 14 to 15, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to Washington, DC.
Air pollution takes years off people’s lives. It causes substantial pain and suffering among adults and children alike. And it damages food production, at a time when we need to feed more people than ever. This is not just an economic issue; it is a moral one.
Public financial management reforms are central to Myanmar’s entire transition: Improvements to social services like garbage collection, investment in new roads and bridges, and raising standards of health and education will all rely on the government being able to raise more revenue and then effectively spend it achieving policy goals.