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Myanmar and China – Is Daw Suu Kyi The Pivot?

Paper No. 6165                                Dated 29-Aug-2016

By Bhaskar Roy

Myanmar’s State Counsellor and head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has just concluded a five- day (Aug 17-21) official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese premier Li Keqiang.  She was accorded the protocol of a visiting prime minister of a country that the Chinese leaders see not only as being of economic importance but also of great strategic interest.

Refugees from Myanmar: Rohingyas in Kelambakkam

Paper No. 6141                                 Dated 01-Jul-2016

Guest Column by Prof. V. Suryanarayan

Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted and unwanted people in the world today. 

Myanmar: From Elections to Formation of the New Government

Paper No. 6089                                  Dated 25-Mar-2016

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

“Most likely is that Myanmar will become an example of the "new normal politics" in Southeast Asia -- a hybrid regime, with an elected executive, powerful military, and deeply entrenched elites dominant in much of politics and, particularly, the economy.” – Ashley South, Nikkei Asian Review – March 19, 2016.

Myanmar - Aung San Suu Kyi and China: - Options

Paper No. 6085                                  Dated 11-Mar-2016

By Bhaskar Roy

As Myanmar nears a historic political transition, the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) will have a lot on their plate.  They will face the enormous challenge of steering the country according to their plans. Having struggled for two and a half decades against a hardline military rule, they will have a clearer understanding of challenges in the domestic field. But in foreign policy the NLD lacks experience.

MYANMAR: Is the long drawn Peace Process coming to a Halt?

Paper No. 6065                                Dated 27-Jan-2016

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

 “Without a lasting peace with ethnic minority groups, who make up around 40 percent of the population, any future administration will have difficulty ensuring a nationwide buy-in for its reform agenda and providing the political stability needed to manage and develop the country’s resource-rich frontiers, where most ethnic groups are located”. - Murray Hiebert and Phuong Nguyen – Asia Sentinel - 22 August 2014.

MYANMAR: National League for Democracy (NLD) Gearing up to Govern the Nation

Paper No. 6060                                Dated 19-Jan-2016

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

MYANMAR: The General Elections and after

Paper No. 6038                                 Dated 23-Nov-2015

By C. S. Kuppuswamy                       

The Elections

The General Elections were held on Sunday the 8th November 2015.  Elections were held for the lower house, the upper house and the fourteen state/ regional assemblies. For security reasons, elections were not held in some townships in the Shan State and in some areas where the fighting continues in Northern Myanmar.

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