Dr Andrew Selth

Myanmar: Postage stamps and political signals

A new set of stamps by Myanmar Post again draws controversy over “national races” labels to categorise the population. Myanmar’s former military regime … Read More

With new coastguard, Myanmar looks to improve maritime security

In March this year, Myanmar’s Defence Ministry submitted a proposal to parliament to establish a national coastguard. Given strong support for the… Read More

Diplomatic intelligence

When I joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1973, my fellow trainees and I were told that diplomatic receptions were not simply social… Read More

Myanmar: Pariah status no bar to defence modernisation

Despite criticisms, sanctions and embargoes, Myanmar is strengthening military ties with neighbours and friends. It has been more than two years since military “clearance operations” against… Read More

Myanmar’s intelligence apparatus under Aung San Suu Kyi

When Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) took office in 2016, a wave of euphoria swept over Myanmar, shared by… Read More

Myanmar’s intelligence apparatus since the fall of General Khin Nyunt in 2004

In 2003, Myanmar was described as one of the most tightly controlled dictatorships in the world. The main instrument used by the military regime to… Read More

The daughter: A political biography of Aung San Suu Kyi (Book review)

Few figures in modern history have attracted as much biographical attention as Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Griffith… Read More

Myanmar’s Intelligence State

Both Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and the armed forces know that their survival is threatened more by disunity and domestic instability than by any… Read More

The Rohingyas: A new terrorist threat?

There have been a small number of militant Muslim groups in Myanmar, but they were usually weak and disorganised. A few had  tenuous international links, mainly… Read More

Burma (Myanmar) since the 1988 uprising: A select bibliography (Third edition)

When nation-wide pro-democracy demonstrations were crushed by the armed forces in 1988, thrusting Myanmar (Burma) into the world’s headlines, there was a surge of public… Read More