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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 naďveté 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

Mizzima, 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.burmanet.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.
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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.
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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.
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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 at www.atimes.com]

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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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