Ahead of the approaching Myanmar elections, this International Crisis Group briefing updates recent developments in Myanmar, examines the critical impact of ethnic conflict, and concludes that renewed fighting in areas where ceasefires currently hold should be of concern but remains on balance unlikely.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Kelley Currie of Project 2049 Institute says that Delhi should be more clever about using its own values and role as a regional leader to press for political reform in Burma.
Joshua Kurlantzick questions the Obama administration's re-engagement of Burma, pointing out that in the past "the Burmese regime has softened just enough to win concessions, before reverting to its natural state."
Washington will now engage in direct talks with Myanmar's ruling junta while maintaining existing sanctions. CFR's Kara C. McDonald says the success of the strategy hinges on the U.S. ability to work with Myanmar's regional partners to build a multilateral consensus on how to deal with the country.
A report coauthored by the Emergency Assistance Team (Burma) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, detailing the Burmese government's reluctance to provide aid relief to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in May 2008.
Michael Moran discusses the response to Cyclone Nargis by Myanmar’s authoritarian government, “a regime so fearful for its own survival that it would allow tens of thousands more of its citizens to perish of post-disaster disease, exposure and privations, rather than allow a willing world to come help.”
Stewart Patrick addresses the difficult question of whether or not the UN should intervene in Myanmar and do something about the “callous indifference” that the ruling junta is showing towards its people.