Myanmar

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

Pathways from pariah for Myanmar and North Korea

Myanmar and North Korea were Asia’s pariahs. Both countries emerged from colonial rule to face immediate and existential security threats. Myanmar feared that internal insurgents… Read More

The Rohingya crisis and Myanmar’s military responses

Since October 2016, when militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked three border police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, developments in that part… Read More

The fallen idol: Aung San Suu Kyi and the politics of personality

Myanmar studies have always attracted strong views. Particularly since 1988 there has been a history of polemics, biased reporting and emotive commentary. Some scholars and… Read More

A big step back for Myanmar

It is always difficult to know exactly what is happening in Myanmar, particularly when eye-witness accounts and reliable reports are dismissed by the Naypyidaw government… Read More