Burma

Myanmar and Aung San: The resurrection of an icon

In this post on The Interpreter, Andray Abrahamian recently drew attention to the Myanmar government’s decision to name a bridge in southern Mon State… Read More

The wisdom in the literature

Andrew Selth outlines why past generations’ accumulated literary and scholarly work on Myanmar is at risk of being lost — and what this might mean… Read More

A poem and the politics of high imperialism

Michael Wesley takes a look at a new book by Andrew Selth and the story of how a poem by Rudyard Kipling took an empire… Read More

Burma’s Rohingya Muslims mourn the end of the Obama era — and worry about Trump

Burma’s Rohingya Muslims have been described as the most friendless people in the world. But for the past four years they had one powerful friend… Read More

Aung San Suu Kyi’s fall from grace

The people of Myanmar have always been able to capture complex issues in pithy, often humorous, ways. One joke currently doing the rounds is that,… Read More

Will Obama’s Myanmar legacy survive under Trump?

Treading between major powers, Myanmar is likely to continue its diplomatic balancing act Aung San Suu Kyi was quick to congratulate U.S. president-elect Donald Trump… Read More

Myanmar bibliographies and booklists

Long-time Myanmar watcher Andrew Selth takes a look at early lists, popular titles and recommended reading on the Southeast Asian nation. Many Myanmar-watchers tap into… Read More

Myanmar, Myeik and mythmaking

For most of the 20th century, the Myeik (formerly Mergui) Archipelago in Myanmar’s far south was rarely visited by foreigners. The few transport services available… Read More

Lifting US sanctions: right or wrong?

Lee Morgenbesser looks at the case for and against dropping economic restrictions on Myanmar. Two weeks ago the Obama administration declared that it will drop… Read More

Journeys without maps in Myanmar

More open politics and new technologies are putting much of the country back on the beaten path. When I lived in Burma (as Myanmar was… Read More