Myanmar

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

What’s in a name: Burma or Myanmar?

A decision by the US to accept the name Myanmar seems unlikely any time soon. When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD)… Read More

The scourge of sexual violence in Myanmar

Why the latest epidemic was entirely predictable “The international community, especially the UN Security Council, has failed us. This latest crisis should have been prevented… Read More

The Rohingya question: Determining who to hold to account

Ever since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, ethnic minority groups, human rights advocates, and others have argued that Myanmar’s armed forces, or Tatmadaw, should be held legally… Read More

Justice for the Rohingya: Regional responsibility

Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya has passed the threshold for action under the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. As a regional leader, Australia has a duty… Read More

Graphic novels chart Myanmar’s history

Exotic climate, turbulent past an inspiration to comic writers Before 1988, Myanmar (then known as Burma) did not feature prominently in comic strips, comic books… Read More

Justice for the Rohingya: Aung San Suu Kyi as saint or sinner?

Imagine Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi resigns, goes into exile, and apologises for her conduct after the Rohingya massacre. Would this improve the… Read More

Biggles in Burma: Giving boys what they want

When British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quoted the poem ‘Mandalay’ during a visit to Myanmar in early 2017, to the obvious discomfort of the British… Read More