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Banning the NLD Won't End Resistance to Military Rule

The Irrawaddy, July 16, 2021

Myanmar's generals may be delusional if they believe that their moves to ban the National League for Democracy (NLD) will put an end to the pro-democracy, anti-military movement.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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Covid wave adds to Myanmar's misery and woe

Asia Times, July 12, 2021

Surge in infections is overwhelming nation's health facilities and will push an already moribund economy to its deathbed
[read the article at www.asiatimes.com]

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Silence on Coup Makes Strategic Sense for Myanmar's Wa

The Irrawaddy, July 12, 2021

Myanmar's most powerful ethnic army, the 20,000-30,000-strong United Wa State Army (UWSA), has remained conspicuously silent since the coup.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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Myanmar's Orwellian New Order

The Irrawaddy, July 6, 2021

Events in post-coup 2021 Myanmar are reminiscent of Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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Myanmar opens a strategic gateway for Moscow

Asia Times, July 5, 2021

Asia Times' correspondent Bertil Lintner explains why Russia has warmly embraced Myanmar's military coup makers
[read the article at www.asiatimes.com]

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Russia lends Myanmar a lethal helping hand

Asia Times, July 2, 2021

Myanmar's junta is deploying Russian arms to suppress anti-coup protest groups and more Moscow support is on the way
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Some Sobering Truths About ASEAN and Myanmar

The Irrawaddy, July 1, 2021

The relative openness that Myanmar enjoyed from 2011 until the coup this year is not the only casualty of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing's power grab. The other is what remains of the credibility of ASEAN.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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Military Coup Renews Rebellions in Myanmar's Kayah and Chin States

The Irrawaddy, June 28, 2021

It comes as little surprise that ethnic rebellions in states like those inhabited by the Kachin and Karen have flared anew since the military seized absolute power in Myanmar on Feb. 1.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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New age rebels rock and roil Myanmar's junta

Asia Times, June 28, 2021

A new brand of militant is throwing bombs, torching targets and killing junta officials in the name of restoring democracy
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book's Snapshots of Two Young Lives Illuminate Myanmar's Political, Social Ills

The Irrawaddy, June 14, 2021

Bertil Lintner reviews Until the World Shatters: Truth, Lies and the Looting of Myanmar written by Daniel Coombs
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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New Great Game rages in post-coup Myanmar

Asia Times, June 12, 2021

China and US on opposed sides in Myanmar's escalating civil war while Japan, India and ASEAN struggle to strike a middle ground
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's 'Khaki Commerce' Set to Flourish Under Junta

The Irrawaddy, May 28, 2021

Khaki commerce is not uncommon in Asia but it generally rests on marriages of convenience between the military and domestic plutocracies. In Myanmar it went beyond that as far back as the 1950s.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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Suu Kyi trial adds more fuel to Myanmar's fire

Asia Times, May 24, 2021

Toppled democratic leader makes clear in a military court appearance that she and her party represent Myanmar's agitated people
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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A wider war spreads fast and far in Myanmar

Asia Times, May 19, 2021

Myanmar's peaceful protests are morphing into a hit-and-run resistance movement against military rule
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Responding to Myanmar's Junta: An Alternative to Sanctions and Boycotts

The Irrawaddy, May 11, 2021

A look at an alterative to traditional and so-called smart sanctions that may stand a better chance of working.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.com]

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Chinese drones a killer eye in the sky in Myanmar

Asia Times, May 9, 2021

Myanmar's military is flying Chinese-made CH-3A drones to guide its lethal clampdown on pro-democracy demonstrators
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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A wider war coming to Myanmar

Asia Times, May 1, 2021

Unclaimed attacks on military airbases signal a possible spread of civil war from remote frontier areas to urban centers
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's borderland wars flare post-diplomacy push

Asia Times Southeast Asia Insider, May 1, 2021

Fighting along Myanmar's fractious borderlands has intensified following last week's extraordinary ASEAN summit in Jakarta, forcing many from their homes.
[read the article here]

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Myanmar plays ASEAN as step to global legitimacy

Asia Times, April 28, 2021

Regional bloc's controversial summit with military leader could provide a template for UN agencies also to engage the killer junta
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Why the Tatmadaw won't crack in Myanmar

Asia Times, April 20, 2021

While the world gasps at the Myanmar military's brutal crackdown, there is little hope for a soldier-led mutiny or countercoup
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Russia Plots Its Next Moves on the Myanmar Chessboard

The Irrawaddy, April 05, 2021

The presence of Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Vasilyevich Fomin, dressed in his full colonel-general uniform, at the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Naypyitaw on March 27 has caused dismay in the country and raised eyebrows among many foreign observers.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Is There a Way Forward Now for Myanmar?

GlobalAsia, March, 2021

Myanmar's long history of military domination and brutal repression of popular dissent has always loomed as a potential obstacle on the country's path toward political change.
[read the article at www.globalasia.org]

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Myanmar military flexes and preens amid a bloodbath

Asia Times, March 27, 2021

Protest movement nominated for Nobel Peace Prize while military warns democracy demonstrators they could be shot in 'head or back'
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China's Myanmar dilemma grows deep and wide

Asia Times, March 25, 2021

Protest movement suspects China backs the coup regime but risk is rising anti-PRC sentiment wrongly morphs into anti-Chinese attacks
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China and Myanmar: No interference?

The Irrawaddy, March 23, 2021

Myanmar may be the clearest--and most aggressive--example of Chinese interference in another country's "internal affairs".
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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'Constructive Engagement' Stumbles Right Out of the Box in Myanmar

The Irrawaddy, March 15, 2021

What Myanmar least of all needs is some kind of patronizing white messiahs telling anyone in the country what to do and giving bad advice to outside actors. Change will eventually come to Myanmar, but it will come from within.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Myanmar junta pays dearly to sell its hated coup

Asia Times, March 14, 2021

Regime hires controversial PR outfit Dickens & Madson to sell its side of the story in US but past military lobbying efforts all fell flat
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Fear is the Glue That Holds Myanmar's Military Together

The Irrawaddy, March 9, 2021

Brutal and even lethal force against the pro-democracy demonstrators may have reduced the number of people who are risking their lives by taking to the street, but there is nothing to indicate that protests against the re-introduction of a naked military dictatorship will cease any time soon.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Myanmar's military rounds up business people

Asia Times, February 25, 2021

A dreaded branch of Myanmar's military intelligence agency has been detaining business leaders with NLD links
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's coup regime cut of old military cloth

Asia Times, February 21, 2021

Myanmar's coup was clearly long in the making judging by the characters who have emerged at the regime's forefront
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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A coup that could end all coups in Myanmar

Asia Times, February 16, 2021

Coup makers deploy troops, tanks and thugs but it's not clear a new generation of pro-democracy protesters will be cowed
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's generals blindsided by Gen Z protests

Asia Times, February 12, 2021

Youthful demonstrations have used social media and other tech to outmaneuver and expose old-fashioned coup makers
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar military implausibly plays the Rohingya card

Asia Times, February 9, 2021

Coup regime bids to deflect rising international condemnation by suggesting it may allow Rohingya refugees to return home
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China the geopolitical winner of Myanmar's coup

Asia Times, February 4, 2021

China has already come to the defense of Myanmar's US-condemned coup-makers and will likely see its interests grow under new era of military rule
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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How Myanmar's generals will seek to sell the coup

Asia Times, February 3, 2021

Military coup-makers will aim to emasculate the toppled NLD and change election rules before holding promised new polls
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Military coup puts Myanmar back to square one

Asia Times, February 1, 2021

Military deposes Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD-led government and imposes one-year of emergency rule until new polls are held
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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To coup or not to coup in Myanmar

Asia Times, January 30, 2021

Rumors are swirling Myanmar's military could stage a putsch to prevent Aung San Suu Kyi's newly elected government from taking office
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar’s Covid failure threatens Thailand’s success

Asia Times, December 13, 2020

An underreported and uncontained viral outbreak in Myanmar is seeping across the border into lightly infected Thailand
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Election brings Suu Kyi and military closer together

Asia Times, November 9, 2020

Another Suu Kyi landslide win will push the military to abandon obsolete parties and hitch its political interests to her NLD
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar’s Covid crisis rooted in military misrule

Asia Times, November 1, 2020

Decades of overspending on the military neglected a health care system that is among the world’s most ill-prepared for Covid-19
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar’s Slow and Uncertain Path to Real Democracy and Reform

GlobalAsia, September, 2020

Myanmar has been an unreliable paramour for those longing for genuine democracy and reform in this long-isolated Southeast Asian nation. As the country faces its next major election in November, the high hopes the West placed in erstwhile democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi lie in ruins. The shifting political landscape has cast uncertainty in all directions. The time may now have come to put hope in Myanmar’s evolving civil society, writes Bertil Lintner.
[read the article at www.globalasia.org]

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Virus refugees fleeing Myanmar for Thailand

Asia Times, September 11, 2020

Rumors of an underreported outbreak in Myanmar send health refugees fleeing across the border to Thailand
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Why China wants Suu Kyi to win Myanmar’s polls

Asia Times, September 3, 2020

China’s interests will be better served by the Suu Kyi-led status quo than a return to military-dominated rule
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Rohingya refugees becoming Palestinians of Asia

Asia Times, August 26, 2020

Three years after Myanmar drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas into Bangladesh they are no closer to repatriation
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Covid-19's hidden threat in Myanmar

Asia Times, July 07, 2020

History shows pandemics can lead to profound political change in Myanmar
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China flips the electoral script in Myanmar

Asia Times, May 25, 2020

Suu Kyi is now close to old adversary China while long-ruling military is skeptical of Beijing's intent ahead of pivotal polls
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Covid-19 restores Myanmar military’s lost powers

Asia Times, April 02, 2020

New military-steered Covid-19 task force has given cover to a wide-reaching clampdown in the name of national stability
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar in denial with zero Covid-19 case claim

Asia Times, March 23, 2020

Officials claim recent mysterious deaths are not Covid-19 related and that citizens are protected by nation's unique diet and lifestyle
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar, India give better ties a fighting chance

Asia Times, February 27, 2020

Myanmar leader visit comes amid rising strategic cooperation against border insurgents
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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New age rebels winning the fight in Myanmar

Asia Times, February 24, 2020

Arakan Army's highly mobile and lethal tactics have made a mockery of government's peace process
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China’s Belt and Road detours downstream in Myanmar

Asia Times, February 22, 2020

China looks to Irrawaddy River as alternative trade route as high-speed rail plan stalls on security concerns
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China virus infects Myanmar Belt and Road plans

Asia Times, February 05, 2020

Lethal coronavirus outbreak highlights unforeseen risk of greater connectivity with China
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar a perfect fit on China’s Belt and Road

Asia Times, January 27, 2020

Four priority BRI projects in Myanmar promise to make China a balance-of-power tilting Indian Ocean force
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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ICJ ruling shows Rohingya crisis rights and wrongs

Asia Times, January 24, 2020

Landmark initial ruling against Myanmar also raises doubts about UN impartiality and credibility
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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What China’s Xi will and won’t get in Myanmar

Asia Times, January 16, 2020

Chinese leader to make historic Jan 17-18 visit in bid to advance contested Belt and Road Initiative
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Suu Kyi no shoo-in at Myanmar’s 2020 polls

Asia Times, December 29, 2019

2020 elections will show how much damage has been done to leader’s reputation as a democratic reformer
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Domestic politics drives Suu Kyi’s genocide denial

Asia Times, December 20, 2019

Myanmar nominal leader’s defense of Rohingya crackdown at ICJ boosts her re-election chances
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Suu Kyi and the generals drift apart in Myanmar

Asia Times, September 30, 2019

Civil-military relations are deteriorating as opposed pro-democracy and military forces gear up for 2020 elections
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Why Myanmar’s Wa always get what they want

Asia Times, September 18, 2019

China-backed ethnic army is under pressure to disarm but tells Asia Times ‘if we don’t have weapons, we have nothing’
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's Wa hold the key to war and peace

Asia Times, September 06, 2019

Ethnic armed group has leveraged ties to China to avoid conflict and build a prosperous nationalist state
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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No way home, no way out for Rohingya refugees

Asia Times, August 23, 2019

Failed repatriation try signals a permanent and increasingly destabilizing refugee population in Bangladesh
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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As West retreats, China surges in Myanmar

Asia Times, July 31, 2019

Chinese investment and tourism are rising fast in the country at a time the US and EU pull back in revulsion at new rights abuses
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Suu Kyi, military on a collision course in Myanmar

Asia Times, July 17, 2019

Ruling NLD’s bid to legally amend a military-drafted constitution aims to win votes at 2020 polls but likely won’t succeed
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Rohingya refugee crisis is a ticking time bomb

Asia Times, July 11, 2019

Squalid and bulging refugee camps in Bangladesh risk morphing into epicenters of extremism similar to those seen in Palestine in the Middle East
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar and India becoming brothers in arms

Asia Times, June 12, 2019

Myanmar’s recent rout of an ethnic Naga rebel camp on its territory aimed to please India but is really part of a wider strategy to counter China
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China bids to bring Yangon into a modern age

Asia Times, June 1, 2019

Controversial Chinese firm has offered $1.5 billion to transform open fields opposite Myanmar’s colonial-era old capital into a modern new city
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Reuters’ daring duo walk free in Myanmar

Asia Times, May 07, 2019

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo released after over 500 days behind bars but the outlook is still dark for the nation’s beleaguered media
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's Wa seek peace through strength

Asia Times, April 17, 2019

UWSA leader Bao Youxiang tells Asia Times in an exclusive interview why the world’s arguably largest and best-equipped non-state army is reluctant to lay down its guns
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Minorities, Money and Getting It Wrong in Myanmar

GlobalAsia, March 27, 2019

Myanmar's moribund peace process, seen among disenfranchised ethnic Karen, is rooted in the military's stubborn adherence to past failed tactics
[read the article at www.globalasia.org]

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Peace march kicks up more war in Myanmar

Asia Times, March 19, 2019

Myanmar's moribund peace process, seen among disenfranchised ethnic Karen, is rooted in the military's stubborn adherence to past failed tactics
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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A Chinatown mysteriously emerges in backwoods Myanmar

Asia Times, March 01, 2019

Shwe Kokko, a remote town along Myanmar's Moei River, is the latest odd and bold outpost of China's Belt and Road Initiative
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Full steam ahead for China-Myanmar high-speed railway

Asia Times, February 21, 2019

A long stalled rail project to connect the two nations has been given new impetus under Aung San Suu Kyi's isolated government
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Why Suu Kyi can't and won't democratize Myanmar

Asia Times, February 10, 2019

Her ruling National League for Democracy's bid to amend a military-empowering constitution is more form than substance
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Poor and isolated, Myanmar backs into a China debt trap

Asia Times, January 31, 2019

Myanmar's parliament hopes China will accept repayment of its debts in rice, but payback will more likely come through deep-reaching economic concessions
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Getting away with murder in Myanmar

Asia Times, January 29, 2019

Prominent lawyer Ko Ni was assassinated two years ago in an unpunished hit many suspect was related to his drive to amend or abolish the military's democracy-curbing constitution
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China seeks big-ticket payback from Myanmar

Asia Times, January 16, 2019

Beijing is pressing to resume the controversial Myitsone dam and other stalled mega-projects in exchange for its diplomatic support of the again isolated nation
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Trouble ahead, trouble behind for Myanmar

Asia Times, December 28, 2018

The Rohingya refugee crisis, accusations of genocide and leader Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from international grace all contributed to an annus horribilis
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China seizes opportunity in Suu Kyi's isolation

Asia Times, December 5, 2018

China's Wanbao Mining is pushing to expand its controversial Letpadaung copper mine, a project that pits the once revered, now embattled leader against her own people
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Why India looks the other way on Myanmar

Asia Times, October 31, 2018

While Western nations reimpose punitive sanctions against Myanmar's mass rights abuses, New Delhi has stayed fully engaged
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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As West recoils, China surges south in Myanmar

Asia Times, September 24, 2018

Leader Aung San Suu Kyi is paving the way for Beijing to build a long-envisioned economic corridor in Myanmar which previous military regimes resisted
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Why China fears Myanmar's Christians

Asia Times, September 17, 2018

China-backed United Wa State Party is clamping down on Christian churches, priests and missionaries in a move likely aimed to ferret out suspected US CIA-backed plots and operatives
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar military chief in a political firing line

Asia Times, September 10, 2018

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing's speculated presidential ambitions via 2020 elections have been torpedoed by the United Nations and Facebook
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Reuters duo not expected to serve full seven years in jail

Asia Times, September 3, 2018

Yangon court gives seven-year terms to reporters, who said they were 'set up' with police documents while investigating massacres in Rakhine state, but local media don't expect they will have to serve that long
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar: where 'genocide' doesn't really matter

Asia Times, August 30, 2018

UN call to try military chief Min Aung Hlaing for 'genocide' is unlikely to reach any court and will only push the isolated nation even closer to China
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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US pulls its punch on new Myanmar sanctions

Asia Times, August 18, 2018

New US sanctions target individual soldiers and units for gross military rights abuses but conspicuously overlook Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing's overarching role
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Suu Kyi loses control of once hopeful peace process

Asia Times, July 20, 2018

Myanmar de facto leader's Panglong 21 initiative has been co-opted by the military, undermined by China and rejected by most ethnic armies
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The rebels who keep India and Myanmar apart

Asia Times, July 08, 2018

Myanmar has long denied despite contradictory evidence that it harbors ethnic insurgents who use its territory to launch attacks in northeastern India
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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As Trump turns away, China gains in Myanmar

Asia Times, July 04, 2018

US leader has left predecessor Obama's engagement policy to wilt on the vine, giving Beijing an opening to renew its trade and security agendas
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Will an alleged war criminal become president of Myanmar?

Asia Times, June 28, 2018

The International Criminal Court may try to put Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on trial, he may run for president or he may just stay where he is
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar peace process being destroyed on multiple fronts

Asia Times, May 26, 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi's signature peace policy has been blown asunder by myriad forces, dashing hopes she could end over six decades of uninterrupted war
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China is conflicted in Myanmar's wars

Asia Times, May 17, 2018

While China makes 'solemn' statements about Myanmar's intensifying ethnic conflicts, its influence and weapons are major contributing factors
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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How China gets what it wants in Myanmar

Asia Times, April 17, 2018

Beijing has deployed a new and so far effective negotiating strategy to take advantage of a recent decline in Naypyitaw's relations with the West
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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North Korea, Myanmar in a sanctions-busting embrace

Asia Times, February 8, 2018

Confidential UN report says Myanmar continues to take delivery of North Korean weapons in violation of UN sanctions and amid consistent official denials
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Spurned by West, Myanmar's Kachin look to China

Asia Times, January 24, 2018

Kachin leader N Ban La tells Asia Times that his army's ties with China have improved markedly since joining a Beijing-backed alliance of ethnic insurgents
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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From hope to despair in Myanmar

Asia Times, December 27, 2017

While many expected democracy to bring peace and prosperity, elected governance has only deepened entrenched problems
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China looms large over Myanmar war and peace

Asia Times, November 28, 2017

Beijing has shrewdly harnessed the power of ethnic armed groups to pursue strategic stability rather than a fast and final peace deal
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China-India vie for a strategic slice of paradise

Asia Times, November 23, 2017

Seychelles, a small island nation of 100,000, is at the center of a contest for supremacy in the Indian Ocean
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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France shows its hidden maritime muscles

Asia Times, November 23, 2017

Paris controls more territory in the Indian Ocean than any other nation and is becoming more assertive further afield in the South China Sea
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Rohingya refugees as pawns in a geopolitical game

Asia Times, October 21, 2017

US and EU unlikely to impose new sanctions on Myanmar's abusive military practices in sight of China's use of the crisis to score diplomatic points
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The ties that bind Suu Kyi's hands

Asia Times, October 21, 2017

Myanmar's leader has been widely condemned for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis but the blame for abuses more squarely lies with the autonomous military
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Mishandling the Rohingya Crisis May Open New Frontier for Terrorism

YaleGlobal, September 26, 2016

Myanmarr's brutal crackdown on marginalized Rohingya people may spur new extremism; condemnation alone won't end the refugee crisis
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Bangladesh holds the key to Rohingya insurgency

Asia Times, September 25, 2017

Awami League government views Rohingya groups as a national security risk due to long history of militant activity along its Myanmar border
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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No way back for Myanmar's Rohingya refugees

Asia Times, September 22, 2017

A military plan to strike a new ethnic balance in Rakhine state's conflict-ridden northwest means a minority of the 420,000 refugees now languishing in Bangladesh will likely ever return home
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The truth behind Myanmar's Rohingya insurgency

Asia Times, September 20, 2017

While the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army claims to be fighting an ethno-nationalist struggle, its leaders and extremist group links point towards a wider regional agenda
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Guest Column: Engagement with the Military?

The Irrawaddy, August 23, 2017

There is a common misperception among outsiders that it was Western engagement with Myanmar's generals that led them to embark on a process of change after several decades of military-dominated rule.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Could US reset sanctions on Myanmar over North Korea?

Asia Times, July 20, 2017

Despite official assurances to the contrary, security sources who spoke to Asia Times say Naypyitaw has maintained secretive strategic ties with Pyongyang
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Did the Dalai Lama prefer exile in Myanmar to India?

Asia Times, July 15, 2017

That is what the Tibetan God King told Asia Times contributor Bertil Lintner in a 1984 interview during ceremonies marking his then 25th year in exile
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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No justice for slain Myanmar lawyer Ko Ni

Asia Times, June 17, 2017

Contributor Bertil Lintner knew intimately the ruling National League for Democracy's top legal advisor and his plan to enact a more democratic constitution
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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When will Suu Kyi challenge the military?

Asia Times, June 21, 2017

More than one year after the pro-democracy icon won a resounding popular mandate, Myanmar's top brass are still calling the political shots
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar as China's corridor to the sea

Asia Times, June 16, 2017

Beijing's vision of the Southeast Asian nation as an outlet for its landlocked regions to the Indian Ocean long predates the One Belt One Road initiative
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China captures Myanmar's peace process

Asia Times, June 3, 2017

Beijing has asserted strong influence on the direction and terms of Aung San Suu Kyir''s drive to achieve reconciliation in the war-plagued nation
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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A question of race in Myanmar

Asia Times, June 3, 2017

The military asserts there are 135 different races in the ethnically diverse nation, a spurious claim rooted in numerology that masks a divide-and-rule strategy
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's unspoken northern enemy

Asia Times, June 3, 2017

Despite cordial diplomatic and growing economic ties, Myanmar's defense doctrine is still geared to guard against a possible Chinese invasion
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The People's Republic of China and Burma: Not Only Pauk-Phaw

Project 2049 Institute, May 9, 2017

A study of post-1949 relations between China and Burma
[read the article at www.project2049.net (PDF)]

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Peace process in pieces in Myanmar

Asia Times, May 22, 2017

When de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi opens the next round of her peace drive on May 24, the outcomes and upshots will be pivotal to her legacy
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Peace process descends into farce

Asia Times, April 5, 2017

De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's pursuit of a national ceasefire agreement has taken the same failed path as her hardline military predecessors
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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A Chinese war in Myanmar

Asia Times, April 5, 2017

Recent intense fighting between Myanmar military forces and China-equipped Kokang rebels has eroded the two countries' once strong bilateral ties
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Enter Russia into Myanmar's armed fray

Asia Times, April 5, 2017

Naypyidaw is buying more sophisticated weaponry from Moscow to gain an edge against ethnic insurgents and reduce its past reliance on China-made arms
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar has a drug problem

Asia Times, March 9, 2017

Myanmar's war on drugs, tacitly endorsed by the UN, has failed to stem a scourge linked to the country's many unresolved ethnic armed conflicts
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Wa rebel group torpedoes Suu Kyi's peace drive

Asia Times, February 28, 2017

Myanmar's United Wa State Army, a militia long known for drug trafficking, has emerged as the core of resistance to the government's peace plan
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China uses carrot and stick in Myanmar

Asia Times, February 28, 2017

China professes its support for Myanmar's peace drive while simultaneously shipping weaponry to anti-government forces in a multi-layered policy
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Suu Kyi falls short of great expectations

Asia Times, February 28, 2017

Many in Myanmar expected miracles when Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government took office after decades of military misrule. The political reality has been more prosaic
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Assassination puts Myanmar on a razor's edge

Asia Times, January 31, 2017

The killing of prominent Muslim lawyer Ko Ni was more likely motivated by his charge for constitutional change than his religious faith
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Kachin war explodes Myanmar's peace drive

Asia Times, January 19, 2017

Myanmar's military has intensified aerial bombardments in an escalating ethnic conflict that belies government claims of pursuing peace.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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No peace in sight for Myanmar

Asia Times, January 19, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyir's peace process has been undercut by escalated ethnic armed conflicts, military obstinance and a hardline negotiating stance.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Militancy in Arakan State

The Irrawaddy, December 15, 2016

Ongoing violence in Arakan State has captured the attention of the outside world in a way that no other ethnic conflict in Burma has ever done.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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One Year on in Myanmar, Is Suu Kyi's Halo Slipping?

South China Morning Post, November 12, 2016

Voters danced in the streets when the NLD scored its landslide victory one year ago. Now all many can see is more of the same
[read the article at www.scmp.com]

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What Myanmar Stands to Gain - and Thailand Lose - From a President Clinton

South China Morning Post, October 23, 2016

As Bangkok cosies up to Beijing, Naypidaw is drawing away - giving the US an opportunity for a new strategic partnership in the region.
[read the article at www.scmp.com]

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Burma's Misguided Peace Process Needs a Fresh Start

The Irrawaddy, October 11, 2016

The present peace opera in Burma is only a recipe for further disaster. Not until the fighting stops on all fronts can a meaningful peace process begin.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Why US is no match for China's carrot and stick in Myanmar

South China Morning Post, September 17, 2016

Pats on the back about friendship and democracy cannot compete with geography, economic patronage and leverage over country's most powerful ethnic armed force.
[read the article at www.scmp.com]

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Why it's Suu Kyi's turn to mend fences with China

South China Morning Post, August 19, 2016

As Myanmar's military distances itself from patronage of its giant neighbour, Beijing hopes democracy icon will repay its subtle courting by mending fences on her current China visit
[read the article at www.scmp.com]

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How the NLD Can Fulfill Its Promise of Peace

The Irrawaddy, April 25, 2016

Burma's new government has declared that finding a solution to the country's decades-long civil war is one of its top priorities. But in order to achieve peace, it is also obvious that the new government must find a novel approach to this issue.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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New Approach Needed for Genuine Peace in Burma

The Irrawaddy, January 11, 2016

Things on the ground are not as straightforward as the media would have you believe in Burma's peace process.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Burma's Constitutional Collision Course

The Irrawaddy, December 1, 2015

Burma's generals got the Constitution they wanted, hence the NLD's victory is unlikely to affect the country's power structure with the military at its apex.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Opposition Wins in Myanmar, But Military Still Holds the Reins

YaleGlobal, November 12, 2015

Despite NLD's landslide victory in Myanmar, threat lingers from rebel groups and the military may not fade in the background.
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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The 1990 Election: Sorting Fact from Fiction

The Irrawaddy, October 20, 2015

As election day approaches, it is worth remembering what happened the last time Burma had a free and fair poll, writes Bertil Lintner.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Myanmar Ousts Rising Political Star, Confirming Doubts Over Democratic Reforms

YaleGlobal, August 18, 2015

The ouster of Shwe Mann suggests that Myanmar's military leaders are in control, setting strict limits on reforms
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Same Game, Different Tactics: China's 'Myanmar Corridor'

The Irrawaddy, July 13, 2015

Bertil Lintner looks at China's long-term strategic and geopolitical interests in Myanmar in the light of Aung San Suu Kyi's recent visit to China.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Mysterious Motives: India's Raids on the Burma Border

The Irrawaddy, June 30, 2015

It has been several weeks since Indian troops crossed the Burma border and attacked camps where ethnic rebels form India's volatile northeast have camps. ~despite some press coverage after the event, few clear details have emerged.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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How the West Was Won

The Irrawaddy, June 11, 2015

While this Norwegian publication is mainly a travel book, its political forays demonstrate the kind of navet which prevails among Westerners trying to understand what has happened in Myanmar over the past few years.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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The Core Issues Not Addressed

The Irrawaddy, May 5, 2015

The euphoria knew no bounds in certain quarters when, on March 31, it was announced that a text had been drafted for a proposed ceasefire agreement between the government and some ethnic resistance armies.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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History Lessons

The Irrawaddy, April 13, 2015

Once again, Myanmar has been rocked by student demonstrations and, once again, the authorities have reacted with force.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Kokang: The Backstory

The Irrawaddy, March 9, 2015

Bertil Lintner looks at the story behind the sudden outbreak of hostilities in northern Shan State's remote Kokang region.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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State of Anarchy

The Irrawaddy, December 8, 2014

Shan State is bound to remain a cockpit of anarchy where drugs, guns and money rule supreme.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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The Forgotten Frontier

The Irrawaddy, November 2014

On the Myanmar-India border, a history of insurgency and rivalry continues to resonate.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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The Forgotten Frontier (PDF)

The Irrawaddy, November 2014

On the Myanmar-India border, a history of insurgency and rivalry continues to resonate.
[read the article (PDF)]

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The Muslims of Myanmar

The Irrawaddy, October 14, 2014

A look at Myanmar's reaction to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's September proclamation to raise the flag of Jihad across South Asia, including Myanmar.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Making Sense of Myanmar's Political Reforms (PDF)

Global Asia, Fall 2014

Myanmar expert Bertil Lintner, a longtime critic of the country's previous military junta, takes a look at the state of the country's democratic reforms and the geopolitics that are guiding US engagement.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Making a Mockery of Democracy

The Irrawaddy, September 2, 2014

Myanmar's "discipline-flourishing democracy" was announced in 2003. At the time, more cynical observers suggested that the term was nothing more than a euphemism for military rule behind a democratic facade. Bertil Lintner looks at how it turned out in practise.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Does the West Really Want a Suu Kyi Presidency?

The Irrawaddy, July 7, 2014

Having established cordial relations with Burma's government, Western nations are now contemplating whether they should also re-establish links with the country's military, known as the Tatmadaw.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Who Are the Wa?

The Irrawaddy, June 2, 2014

It seems very likely that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) will become the next target of the Myanmar government's efforts to bring the country under its control.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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A 'Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement' - for What?

The Irrawaddy, May 2014

Is Myanmar's military laying the groundwork for peace, or setting the stage for an assault on its most formidable enemy?
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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A 'Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement' - for What? (PDF)

The Irrawaddy, May 2014

Is Myanmar's military laying the groundwork for peace, or setting the stage for an assault on its most formidable enemy?
[read the article (pdf)]

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Whose Army?

The Irrawaddy, March 31, 2014

The new Tatmawdaw that emerged after independence, and, especially, after the 1962 coup, is an entirely different entity from Aung San's army.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Whose Army? (PDF)

The Irrawaddy, April 2014

The new Tatmawdaw that emerged after independence, and, especially, after the 1962 coup, is an entirely different entity from Aung San's army.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Finding a Federal Model that Fits

The Irrawaddy, March 8, 2014

There is a reason why peace talks between the government and Myanmar's ethnic resistance armies are not going anywhere: The two sides are fundamentally at odds over what they hope to achieve.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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A Federal Model that Fits

The Irrawaddy, March 2014

There are many forms of federalism in the world, but only one really matches Myanmar's needs
[read the article (pdf)]

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The Ex-Pariah

Politico Magazine, March/April 2014

Bertil Lintner examines the current state and recent history of the US-Burma relationship in a series about America's 25 Most Awkward Allies
[read the article at www.politico.com]

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A Tribute to Maung Thaw Ka

The Irrawaddy, February 12, 2014

Bertil Lintner recalls the life of Maung Thaw Ka, a brilliant mind--and a true Myanmar patriot
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Burma: Faith and Resistance in Kachin

The Revealer, February 11, 2014

The Kachins continue to have faith in their ability to resist--and in the religion that more than a century ago gave them a new life.
[read the article at therevealer.org]

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A Tribute to Maung Thaw Ka

The Irrawaddy, February 2014

Remembering one of the heroes of Myanmar's democracy movement, who died a political prisoner--and a true patriot.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Book Review: Images of a dark era

Asia Times, November 22, 2013

Bertil Lintner reviews The Face of Resistance: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Fight for Freedom by Aung Zaw. Brave New Burma by Nic Dunlop.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Reminiscence of a resistance

Asia Times, September 20, 2013

Bertil Lintner reviews Golden Parasol: A Daughter's Memoir of Burma by Wendy Law-Yone
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar and North Korea: Friends in Need

The Irrawaddy, October 8, 2013

One doesn't have to look far to discover that the North Koreans have arrived in Yangon. And for the foreseeable future, kimchi is not likely to be the only thing that North Korea exports to Myanmar.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Is the Burma-North Korea relationship a thing of the past?

NK News, September 23, 2013

Evidence of continued relations persists despite U.S. push for ties with Naypyidaw.
[read the article at www.nknews.org]

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Burmese-North Korean ties have a long history

NK News, September 24, 2013

Despite Rangoon bombing, the mutual needs of Burma and North Korea have linked the pariah states
[read the article at www.nknews.org]

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Front companies, false flags hide North Korea-Burma ties

NK News, September 25, 2013

No longer a junta, the Burmese military retains grand ambitions.
[read the article at www.nknews.org]

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Book Review: Military Matters in Myanmar

Asia Times, September 20, 2013

Bertil Lintner reviews two recent books analyzing the Burma's most powerful institution, the military.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar, North Korea stay brothers in arms

Asia Times, September 5, 2013

A recent press statement by the US highlights Washington's growing concern regarding the Myanmar-North Korea relationship.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burma - A Country Longing for Freedom

Du, December 2012-January 2013

In the light of accelerated change in Burma, Bertil Lintner travelled to the country to report exclusively for Du, to find out which way things have changed. He met with old veterans and young activists, encountering both hope and skepticism.
[read the article (pdf)]

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The Military's Still in Charge

Foreign Policy, July 9, 2013

Burma's "reform program" is only skin-deep and designed to preserve the military's grip on power, not undermine it.
[read the article at www.foreignpolicy.com]

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Rain for Myanmar's peace parade

Asia Times, June 25, 2013

A grand ceremony before UN representatives announcing a nationwide ceasefire with various ethnic resistance armies will not herald an end, or even the beginning of the end, of Myanmar's decades-long ethnic strife. And the quest for what the country's various ethnic groups yearningly refer to as a "genuine federal union" will be as elusive as ever.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Thein Sein heads to the White House

Asia Times, May 20, 2013

While the Obama administration commends Thein Sein for the progress his government has made on human rights and democracy, Washington's motivations for engaging his government are more firmly grounded in issues of regional security.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar morphs to US-China battlefield

Asia Times, May 2, 2013

Myanmar's drift away from a tight relationship with China towards closer links with the West is signaling the emergence of a new focal point of confrontation in Asia, one where the interests of Washington and Beijing are beginning to collide.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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War trumps peace in Myanmar

Asia Times, March 19, 2013

Despite all the government's rhetoric and internationally-backed peace efforts, the situation in Myanmar's war-torn frontier areas remains depressingly the same and lasting peace as elusive as ever.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Powers Seek Influence in Burma's Conflict

YaleGlobal, March 18, 2013

Burmese government battles insurgents as China and the US scramble for influence
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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A well-laid war in Myanmar

Asia Times, February 2, 2013

After heaping praise for the past year on Myanmar's supposed new democratic direction, the international community has grappled for a coherent and credible response to the military's recent ferocious offensive against the insurgent Kachin Independence Army.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The Burma Project

Vii Photo, January 2013

Four journalists travel across Burma to investigate and document the country that was for decades isolated from the rest of the world but now appears to be on its way to democracy.
[read the article at www.viiphoto.com]

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A wider war looms in Myanmar

Asia Times, January 12, 2013

Recent weeks have seen some of the heaviest fighting in Myanmar's decades-long civil war with government forces launching determined attacks against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an ethnic guerrilla force in the far north of the country.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Telling Burma's Story for Twenty Years

Democratic Voice of Burma, January, 2013

In July 19, 2012, the DVB turned twenty. This online book, compiled and edited by Bertil Lintner, tells the story.
[read the book at 20years.dvb.no]

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Myanmar airstrikes reopen ethnic wounds

Al Jazeera, January 10, 2013

Fierce military campaign against northern Kachin rebels highlights country's festering ethnic divisions.
[read the article at www.aljazeera.com]

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More war than peace in Myanmar

Asia Times, December 18, 2012

The ongoing war in Kachin State is a grim reminder that when it comes to crucial issues of national security, Myanmar remains firmly under military rule.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The Kyi To the Great Game East

Tehelka, November 24, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to India is part of the new feel-good Myanmar story. But is 'democratic concern' the real reason driving the world's attention?
[read the article at tehelka.com]

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Burma: Trouble Brewing for China

YaleGlobal, November 5, 2012

Government tolerates freedom of expression, and the Burmese target Chinese investments
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Myanmar: Old atrocity, new implications

Asia Times, November 1, 2012

An atrocity committed 20 years ago by an armed opposition student group continues to haunt Myanmar.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: A one-sided history

Asia Times, October 6, 2012

Bertil Lintner reviews Modern China-Myanmar Relations: Dilemmas of Mutual Dependence by David I Steinberg and Hongwei Fan.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Misguided engagement in Burma

Development Today, July 3, 2012

There can be no lasting peace in Burma without constitutional reform. Bertil Lintner comments on Aung San Suu Kyi's Oslo visit and the Norwegian peace initiative in Burma.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Burma 2012: Democracy and Dictatorship

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, June, 2012

Can Suu Kyi take up the challenge, renew calls for a “Second Panglong”, and press for constitutional reform in areas other than the ethnic issues, embarking on a potentially disastrous confrontation with the military?
[read the article at japanfocus.org]

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Failed path to peace in Myanmar

Asia Times, June 2, 2012

Myanmar's established history of failed ceasefires threatens to repeat itself with potentially disastrous consequences for new foreign-funded peace and reconciliation initiatives.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burmese democracy still a distant dream

The Australian, May 11, 2012

The struggle for democracy in Burma, as Suu Kyi said, is, at best, perhaps only approaching the end of the beginning.
[more]

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Myanmar's endless ethnic quagmire

Asia Times, March 8, 2012

Whatever the outcome of the present mass movement and the April 1 by-elections, Myanmar's ethnic quagmire will endure and the government's half-hearted calls for national reconciliation will remain unfulfilled.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The master plan for Myanmar

Asia Times, February 10, 2012

The Western world has heaped praise on Burma's moves towards "democratic reform" and "national reconciliation". But what has actually changed and what's behind the hype?
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Deceiving the US over North Korean ties

Democratic Voice of Burma, February 2, 2012

Any statements made by Burmese officials regarding the military's cooperation with foreign partners should be taken with a large pinch of salt.
[read the article at dvb.no]

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Burma Ready to Play Ball With US

YaleGlobal, January 20, 2012

US puts new focus on Burma amid US-Chinese rivalry in Asia and the Pacific
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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The limits of reform in Myanmar

Asia Times, January 18, 2012

On Myanmar's attempt to improve its international image and assuage its many critics at home and abroad.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burma and Myanmar mean exactly the same thing

Burma Center Prague, January 11, 2012

An expanded version of Bertil Lintner's letter to the Financial Times following their change in editorial policy regarding the usage of Burma/Myanmar.
[read the article at www.burma-center.org]

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China-Myanmar: border war dilemma

Asia Times, December 2, 2011

The final article in a four-part series on Myanmar's foreign relations.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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US-Myanmar: Engagement as nuclear pre-emption

Asia Times, December 1, 2011

The third article in a four-part series on Myanmar's foreign relations.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Realpolitik and the Myanmar Spring

Foreign Policy, November 30, 2011

Wondering why Hillary Clinton is in Myanmar right now? As Bertil Lintner explains, it's all about China.
[read the article at www.foreignpolicy.com]

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India-Myanmar: a half-built gateway

Asia Times, November 30, 2011

The second article in a four-part series on Myanmar's foreign relations.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China embrace too strong for Naypyidaw

Asia Times, November 29, 2011

The first article in a four-part series on Myanmar's foreign relations.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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China behind Myanmar's course shift

Asia Times, October 19, 2011

Myanmar's recent change of course may have more to do with regime survival than a desire to switch from military rule to democratic governance.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burmese change aplenty but it's only skin deep

The Australian, October 17, 2011

If most Western pundits are to be believed, fundamental change is taking place in Burma. But the sad truth is that there is no process in motion that would lead to real democracy in the nation.
[read the article at www.theaustralian.com.au]

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Burma Delivers Its First Rebuff to China

YaleGlobal, October 3, 2011

Shelving of gigantic Chinese hydroelectric dam could be a signal to the West
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Book Review: Before the Darkness

Asia Times, October 1, 2011

Bertil Lintner reviews Rangoon Journalist: Memoirs of Burma days 1940-1958 by J F Samaranayake
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Toys for the boys in Myanmar

Asia Times, September 8, 2011

Bertil Lintner on Myanmar's defense industry.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burma's Leadership Change to Nowhere

The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2011

Burma's military junta is in the midst of a political transition to a new generation. But it may not be much different from the old one.
[read the article at online.wsj.com]

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The Generals' Celestial Mandate

Asia Literary Review, Spring, 2011

The brutality of Burma's ruling generals is well known, but their guile and shrewdness in exercising power over the populace have often been underestimated. Almost half a century of resilience cannot simply be attributed to star alignments or providence of the number nine.

[read the article at www.asialiteraryreview.com]

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Fog lifts on Myanmar-North Korea barter

Asia Times, March 4, 2011

The growing uncertainty among North Korea's trade partners in the middle east could explain why the country is now cementing ties with a client much closer to home: military-run Myanmar.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar, North Korea in missile nexus

Asia Times, March 2, 2011

Military-run Myanmar's growing weapons ambitions threaten to destabilize the region and make the Southeast Asian country a new global weapons proliferation hotspot.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Compound interest in Myanmar

Asia Times, February 26, 2011

Myanmar's ruling generals are literally digging in, taking no chances of a substantial power shift after last November's general elections.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Farce follows tragedy in Myanmar

Asia Times, January 25, 2011

If Karl Marx was right that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce, Myanmar may have just entered the farcical phase of its long-running military rule.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Don't Believe the Hype, All We Are Seeing Is The Illusion of Change

Global Asia, December, 2010

Bertil Lintner takes part in the "Could Burma Finally Be Poised for Reform?" debate, concluding that the junta has a track record of crushing dissent, and will continue to do so, with no care for what the world thinks
[read the article at www.globalasia.org]

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US double talk on Myanmar nukes

Asia Times, December 16, 2010

Is Myanmar truly trying to acquire a nuclear weapons capability and produce ballistic missiles with North Korean assistance, or is it all poppycock, as claimed in a recent report by an award-winning US investigative journalism outfit?
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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The Burmese Junta's Latest Ruse

The New York Times, November 14, 2010

Bertil Lintner on the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
[read the article at www.nytimes.com]

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The Generals' Election

Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2010

Western countries are naive to think Burma's junta is taking steps toward a competitive democracy.
[more]

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Behold, beware Myanmar's fourth empire

Asia Times, August 25, 2010

Myanmar's government has announced democratic elections will be held on November 7, but in reality the country's military rulers are seeking to consolidate a vision of empire that affords them a permanent grip on the country.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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UN ignores Burma junta's drugs role

Democratic Voice of Burma, June 30, 2010

At long last, the UNODC has publicly acknowledged that Burma's drug problem cannot be separated from its decades-long ethnic conflicts.
[read the article at www.dvb.no]

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Deception and denials in Myanmar

Asia Times, June 30, 2010

Myanmar's military government issued pro-forma denials after al-Jazeera aired an investigative report alleging that Myanmar is attempting to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's nuclear bombshell

Asia Times, June 5, 2010

Myanmar's ruling generals have started a secret program to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to deliver them in a high-stakes bid to deter perceived hostile foreign powers, according to a new report.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burmese Election Show

Look East magazine (India), March, 2010

With a general election to be held later this year, the Junta will try to neutralise as many of the border insurgencies as possible.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Reaching Out to Burma

The Wall Street Journal, November 04, 2009

Bertil Lintner on the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with authoritarian regimes, and how it appears in the context of Burma.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Clouded alliance - North Korea and Myanmar's covert ties

Jane's Intelligence Review, September, 2009

The nature of military co-operation between North Korea and Myanmar has come under international scrutiny amid fears of nuclear proliferation activities. Bertil Lintner investigates the historical ties and extent of collaboration between the two pariah regimes.
[more]

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U.N. Mission to Nowehere

The Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2009

Bertil Lintner on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's mission to Burma.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Tunnels, Guns and Kimchi: North Korea's Quest for Dollars - Part I

YaleGlobal, June 09, 2009

Bertil Lintner reveals how North Korea has been secretly helping Burma - another pariah regime - to build an extensive tunnel network as emergency shelter and for other unknown purposes.
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Burma's Nuclear Temptation

YaleGlobal, December 3, 2008

Rich with uranium and desperate for control, the Burmese junta may find a nuclear option attractive.
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Crisis and Response - Part II

YaleGlobal, May 21, 2008

Afraid that a foreign presence would embolden citizens to protest, the Burmese junta limits access to the disaster area.
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Book Review: Regrettable apology for Myanmar

Asia Times, February 9, 2008

Bertil Lintner reviews Promoting Human Rights in Burma by Morten B Pedersen.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Stamping Out History

The Irrawaddy, January 3, 2008

Bertil Lintner reviews Stamps of Burma: A Historical Record Through 1988, by Min Sun Min.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Myanmar back on a roadmap to nowhere

Asia Times, December 4, 2007

With the opposition subdued and the authorities vigorously hunting down the organizers of the September demonstrations - and the international community held at bay with promises of more ineffectual talks mediated by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari - Myanmar's ruling junta has put back on track its so-called "Seven-point Road Map" which it says will lead the country towards "national reconsolidation".
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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A Charity's Checkered Past

The Irrawaddy, December 1, 2007

Two Japanese foundations active in Burma have a past linked to World War II far-right war criminals.
[more]

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Book Review: Doing Wrong to Do Good

The Irrawaddy, December, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews The United Wa State Party: Narco-Army or Ethnic Nationalist Party? by Tom Kramer.
[more]

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UN holds false hope for Myanmar

Asia Times, November 17, 2007

If the United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, is to be believed, the situation in the military run country has changed for the better in the past few weeks. But in reality manipulating the UN and sporadically giving false hopes to the international community buys the junta time while it moves to legitimize its hold on political power through a new charter.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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India stands by Myanmar status quo

Asia Times, November 14, 2007

Given China's apparent reluctance to push for democratic change in Myanmar, could India, the country's other key regional ally, be persuaded to use its influence to facilitate political change?
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burma's Latest Uprising

Asian Analysis, November, 2007

Once again, the Burmese people have risen up against their military-led government - and once again have the authorities used lethal force to crush the protests, defying the demands of their own citizens and ignoring international condemnations. But is there dissent within the ranks?
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China no sure bet on Myanmar

Asia Times, November 8, 2007

There is a widespread perception that only China has the diplomatic leverage over Myanmar's generals to force them to the negotiating table to discuss the future of the country with the political opposition. But though China is playing several different games in Myanmar, following the West's desired policies of encouraging more democracy is not one of them.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Tales from the Land in Between

The Irrawaddy, November 1, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Frontier Mosaic by Richard Humphries.
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Putting the Boot In

The Irrawaddy, November 1, 2007

It's time to consider how to bring the brutal Burmese generals to justice.
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Myanmar's generals hit where it hurts

Asia Times, November 2, 2007

The latest US sanctions against Burma mean that life just got considerably harder for Myanmar's ruling generals.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Death of a drug lord

Asia Times, November 1, 2007

Khun Sa, 73, once known as the "Lord of the Golden Triangle", is dead. Throughout his career as one the world's most prominent drug traffickers, he simultaneously had some very solid contacts - and protectors - in his native Myanmar and beyond.
[read the article (PDF)]

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UN fiddles while Myanmar burns

Asia Times, October 23, 2007

Bertil Lintner asks whether the United Nations and its agencies are becoming part of the problem rather than the solution in Myanmar.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burma: Tragedy in the Temples

The World Today, Volume 63, Number 11, November, 2007

The harsh crackdown on demonstrators in Burma may have sealed the ultimate fate of the military junta that has been in charge for so long. But when it falls from power, who could take over, and what problems would they face in holding the country together?
[read the article at chathamhouse.org.uk]

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Book Review: Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma

The Irrawaddy, October, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma edited by Mikael Gravers.
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The Burmese Way to Fascism

Far Eastern Economic Review, October, 2007

Bertil Lintner examines the bitter reality behind the latest popular uprising in Burma.
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Book Review: Burma and Japan Since 1940: From "Co-Prosperity" to Quiet Dialogue

Far Eastern Economic Review, October, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Burma and Japan Since 1940: From "Co-Prosperity" to Quiet Dialogue by Donald M. Seekins.
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Trade and Security Trump Democracy in Burma - Part I

YaleGlobal, October 3, 2007

Bertil Linter examines international reaction to the Burmese junta's recent crackdown on pro-democratic protests in Burma, and what leverage the country's neighbours might have on the situation.
[read the article at yaleglobal.yale.edu]

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Facing the enemy within

The Sydney Morning Herald, September 29, 2007

Bertil Lintner doesn't hold out much hope for Burma's democracy movement in its fight against a brutal regime that is not overly concerned about international reaction.
[read the article at smh.com.au]

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Goons of Rangoon: The Generals Who Would Be Kings

The Washington Post, September 30, 2007

Bertil Linter on the latest popular uprising in Burma and the generals who are trying to quash it.
[read the article at www.washingtonpost.com]

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Burma's Warrior Kings and the Generation of '88

Global Asia, Fall, 2007

The fact that Burma's military remains in power almost 20 years after the violent uprising of 1988 reflects the failure of both ASEAN's softer approach and economic and political pressures from the West.
[read the article at globalasia.org]

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Book Review: Perfect Hostage

Far Eastern Economic Review, June, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Justin Wintle's Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Squaring the Circle

The Irrawaddy, June, 2007

On how Burma's regime tries to win legitimacy by invoking a facade of legality.
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Book Review: The Odd Couple

The Irrawaddy, May, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Burma and Japan Since 1940, by Donald M Seekins.
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Book Review: The River of Lost Footsteps

Far Eastern Economic Review, April, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma by Thant Myint-U.
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Myanmar's 88 Generation comes of age

Asia Times, January 25, 2007

Myanmar's military government may have narrowly escaped United Nations Security Council sanction, but it is facing an unprecedented political challenge at home, not by the crippled opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) but by an emerging network of dissidents who refer to themselves as the 88 Generation Students' Group. Bertil Lintner reports.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Burma's Lost World

The Irrawaddy, October, 2006

A little-known community, the Naga on the Burmese side of the Indian border, is one of the most isolated in the world
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Myanmar and North Korea share a tunnel vision

Asia Times, July 19, 2006

Under perceived threats from the US, Myanmar and North Korea are strengthening their strategic ties in a military-to-military exchange that includes weapons sales, technology transfer and underground tunneling expertise.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Superstition, Rumor and Gun Law

The Irrawaddy, July, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews Burma at the Turn of the 21st Century, an academic study of Burma which though long on humorous anecdotes is short of real political analysis.
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Burma: Too Much to Hide

The World Today, Volume 62, Number 7, July 2006

Another period of hope for change in Burma has given way to soul searching about how to deal with the latest disappointment. But the optimism was always misplaced, the generals have far too much to lose from any real openness.
[read the article at www.chathamhouse.org]

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How not to Grant Autonomy

The Irrawaddy, June, 2006

Birobidzhan, a remote republic within Russia, provides a lesson to Burma on how not to federate along ethnic lines
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Book Review: Burma and the KGB

The Irrawaddy, February, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West.
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Book Review: The Wa Conundrum

The Irrawaddy, November, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Trouble in the Triangle: Opium and Conflict in Burma.
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How World War II Shaped Burma's Future

The Irrawaddy, August, 2005

Colonial powers beat the Japanese but lost their empires.
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Book Review: The Frontierslady

The Irrawaddy, April, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Edith Mirante's exciting but ugly account of her travels in Burma's border areas.
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Myanmar Payback Time

Jane's Defence Weekly, April 15, 2005

Criminal trials involving hundreds of military intelligence (MI) officers purged in October 2004 have begun in Myanmar, with stiff sentences handed down for followers of former prime minister and intelligence chief General Khin Nyunt. Bertil Lintner reports.
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Book Review: The Burma Campaign and Beyond

Irrawaddy, January, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Jon Latimer's account of the Burma Campaign.
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Book Review: Rediscovering Orwell

Far Eastern Economic Review, December, 2004

Bertil Lintner reviews two recent book on Burma.
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Burma: In the Dark

Far Eastern Economic Review, November 04, 2004

The world waits to see whether a top leadership change will affect democracy and reconciliation.
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Book Review: An Iron Grip

Far Eastern Economic Review, January 29, 2004

Burma's ruling junta has long resisted reform. Mary Callahan's book explains that it will probably keep doing so, writes Bertil Lintner.
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Burma: Dangerous Bedfellows

Far Eastern Economic Review, November 20, 2003

Evidence of a blossoming military relationship between pariah regimes in Rangoon and Pyongyang is causing growing concern overseas.
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Burma: The military digs in for the long haul

Far Eastern Economic Review, September 25, 2003

Carrots and sticks have failed to persuade the government to introduce democracy. That's unlikely to change soon. The military has grown used to its power and privileges, and it fears retribution for years of abuses if it hands over power to civilians.
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Burma: Black Sheep

Far Eastern Economic Review, August 14, 2003

Asean is embarrassed by the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi. But Burma is unlikely to clean up its act.
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Book Review: Stranger than Fiction

Far Eastern Economic Review, March 06, 2003

Bertil Lintner reviews the remarkable autobiography of Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Padaung who met a British Professor and travelled to England to study at Cambridge.
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Book Review: Burmese Battleground

Far Eastern Economic Review, January 16, 2003

Bertil Lintner reviews The War in Burma 1942-45: A Vital contribution to Victory in The Far East, by JulianThompson.
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Perspective: China and South Asia's east

Himal South Asia Magazine, October 2002

For economic and strategic reasons, Burma is crucial to both China and India. China has first-mover advantage but India has now woken up to the threat in the east. Meanwhile, the junta is looking less cohesive than it did.
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Book Review: More Than a Game in Burma

Far Eastern Economic Review, June 06, 2002

Bertil Lintner reviews Andrew Marshall's book The Trouser People.
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Burma: The Proof of the Pudding

Far Eastern Economic Review, May 16, 2002

The release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after some 20 months of house arrest was welcomed around the world. But don't hold your breath for substantial political change any time soon.
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Burma: Land of Wiles

Far Eastern Economic Review, March 21, 2002

A crackdown on the family of dictator Ne Win is good news to many, but does little for democracy.
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Myanmar Gets a Russian Nuclear Reactor

The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2002

Though one of the world's poorest countries, Myanmar is embarking on a nuclear-research project with the help of Russian and, possibly, Pakistani scientists.
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Friends of Necessity

Far Eastern Economic Review, Dec. 27, 2001

China needs Burma as an export outlet for its impoverished and landlocked southwest. But its rivals are suspicious of the warm ties with Rangoon.
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Political dialogue in Myanmar

IISS Strategic Comments, August 2001

It has been ten months since representatives of Myanmar's military regime - the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) - and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held the first in a series of secret talks. Although contacts have continued, there has been no political breakthrough.
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Myanmar: Optimism Fades

Asian Analysis, July 2001

In the first week of June, the United Nations special envoy to Burma made his second visit to Rangoon, but little remains of the cautious optimism that emerged from his first trip in January.
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Book Review: Burmese scholar drops integrity

Taipei Times, November 5, 2000

Bertil Lintner reviews The 1998 Uprising in Burma, Dr Maung Maung's revisionist retelling of the tumultuous events of 1998 in Burma.
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Book Review: His Story, not History

The Irrawaddy, August 2000

Bertil Lintner reviews The 1998 Uprising in Burma by Dr Maung Maung
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Broadening the Breach

The Irrawaddy, July 2000

Although the ultimate demise of the CPB was chiefly due to its own failure to pick the winners in the power struggle within the Chinese leadership, Ne Win’s visit to Phnom Penh in 1977 may also have played an important role in weakening the CPB and thus preventing it from taking over Burma.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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China's Ambitions in Myanmar

IISS Strategic Comments, July 2000

While Myanmar remains shunned by the West, the country's two giant neighbours, India and China, are jockeying for influence in Yangon.
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The Politics of Headhunting in Southeast Asia

Dateline Bangkok, Second Quarter 1997

Bertil Lintner visits the Wa people.
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Myanmar's Chinese Connection

International Defense Review, November 1994

For more than five years, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been a major recipient of Chinese weapons. Now , however, Myanmar is trying to diversify its sources of military hardware.
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Lord of the Golden Triangle

Caravan, May, 1994

How does it feel to be the most wanted man in the world? Caravan sends Bertil Lintner to talk to tycoon-druglord Khun Sa at his sub-tropical kingdom in Homong, Burma.
[read the article (pdf)]

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Loss of Innocence

Far Eastern Economic Review, July 16, 1992

A power struggle amongst dissident students at a remote rebel camp in noorthern Burma leads to murder.
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