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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

Economics South and Central Asia

What to expect in Southeast Asia in 2016

2016 will be an interesting year for Southeast Asia, as the region braces for changes in government (or none at all), implements the ASEAN economy community, and prepares for volatility

Politics South and Central Asia

2015: A critical year for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia in 2015 saw deeper regional integration, infrastructure development is set to flourish, and historic elections were held in Myanmar. But the Thai Junta government has prolonged its grip

Asia Pacific Politics

Optimism in post-election Myanmar

Several meetings after the November elections between pro-democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and political and military heavyweights have signalled that both sides are working towards a peaceful transition and national

Asia Pacific Security

Evidence of a Rohingya genocide in Myanmar

The United Nations has been called upon to investigate recent claims that Myanmar has committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims. What are the expected repercussions if the allegations are found to

Asia Pacific Politics

Three weaknesses of Myanmar’s NLD party

While the National League for Democracy (NLD) brings high hope to Myanmar’s democratic transition, it faces vulnerability that will need to be addressed if the NLD is to lead Myanmar

Asia Pacific Economics

Five Risks to ASEAN Growth

Last week, the Asian Development Bank downgraded the 2015/2016 growth rate forecasts for most ASEAN countries, and the region as a whole. The latest revised figures revel some of the

Asia Pacific Politics

What to expect from Myanmar’s November elections

Elections in November will see the military remain the dominant political force, even if it is a further step in Myanmar’s transformation from military dictatorship towards democracy. Key issues to

Politics South and Central Asia

Can New Delhi trump Beijing in ties with Myanmar?

Over the past two decades, India has sought to strengthen ties with Myanmar, which is India’s gateway to Southeast Asia, particularly in the economic sphere. With increasing anti-China sentiments in Myanmar, similar