Analyses & Reports
Caught in a Two-Front War in Post-Ceasefire Karen State
By GREH MOO
Despite a ceasefire agreement between the Karen National Union and the Burma government and endless rounds of dead-end peace-talks, the Burma Army continues to consolidate and reinforce its military bases in Karen State. Many observers fear the government is ‘playing’ peace politics with the KNU and other ethnic groups while it continues to militarize the ethnic states readying them for its ‘development invasion’. Read more...
In Burma's Peace Process, a Need for Trust
By SAW KAPI
Even if things don’t look perfect, the path toward peace and self-determination for all the peoples of Burma through a negotiation process is certainly preferable to an ongoing armed conflict. Of course, those involved in the peace process are not expected to be angels or saint-like figures. But for the process to bear fruit, all parties must at least be trustworthy partners for peace in the long-term interests of the country. Read more...
Drawing Lessons from the Sri Lankan Experience
By SAW KHOLON
Burma and Sri Lanka share religious and cultural heritages going back centuries. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been maintained for more than 60 years. Sri Lanka had managed to defeat the ethnic insurgent group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), popularly known as the Tamil Tigers, in May 2009, and through decisive military operations, it had brought the three-decade-old ethnic civil war to the end. Read more...
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