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Asia Pacific Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: How Myanmar created a telco boom

In only three years Myanmar’s telco sector has become the largest driver of FDI in the country, with international companies scrambling to enter the market.

Outlook for 2017 Politics South and Central Asia

2017 Preview: Southeast Asia is set to embrace more volatility

Southeast Asia in 2016 has been marked by busy political agendas, challenges by ethnic tensions, religious conflicts, and regional stability issues.

2016 in Review Asia Pacific Politics

Trends of 2016: Could the Rohingya be Aung San Suu Kyi’s downfall?

By downplaying the Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi is walking a thin line, trying to balance competing interests. Yet her silence undermines her position.

Asia Pacific Security

Is China shooting itself in the foot in Myanmar?

By letting its citizens support ethnic Chinese rebels in Myanmar, China is hurting its economic interests, and sowing instability both at home and abroad.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Aung San Suu Kyi conducts peace talks. U.S political incumbents have the edge. Canada releases 2nd quarter GDP figures. Central Bank of Brazil eyes status quo. Japan, South Korea and Russia discuss relations.

Asia Pacific Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Laos’ new PM pushes for regional integration

Laos’ new leader Thangloun Sisoulith is banking on regional integration and economic diversification, as Laos chairs ASEAN in 2016.

South and Central Asia

What Suu Kyi’s visit to Thailand means for ASEAN relations

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a three-day official visit to Thailand with agreements on border and labour issues. The tour is evidence of the new democratically elected

Asia Pacific Economics

Liberalization in Burma creates new investment opportunities

While not without risks, the recent opening of Burma to the outside world is creating a plethora of lucrative new opportunities for investors.

Asia Pacific Politics

Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament gets under way

Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament held its opening session on Monday. This significant step on Myanmar’s road to democracy will send a positive sign to investors looking for stable business

Economics South and Central Asia

Risks loom for Myanmar’s Kyaukphyu Economic Zone

The end of 2015 saw a series of major announcements and decisions regarding Myanmar’s latest special economic zone (SEZ) in Kyaukphyu township of Rakhine State. In late December, Myanmar’s government