President Xi Jinping's “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) came with the promise of a deeper Chinese political and economic engagement in international affairs. If successful, the BRI is bound to reshape regions near and far away from China.
In the Wa autonomous areas that run along the Sino-Burmese border, disparities in material wealth raise important questions about land ownership.
Shan State is the source of over 95 percent of opium in Southeast Asia. Over the past three decades, demand for and addiction to opium derivatives has risen dramatically in the region, often with devastating effects for communities throughout Myanmar.
The 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference attests to the most contemporary relevance of the country’s historic planning by exploiting the name Panglong in its title. Yet, what this will entail for the future of ethnic nationalities in contemporary Myanmar is still unclear.
Since the National League for Democracy's landslide November 2015 election victory, discussions on Myanmar's future have taken an interesting turn. Once again, Aung San Suu Kyi is confronted with challenges that could potentially jeopardize her moral and political authority.