Myanmar

Religious Nationalism in the New Myanmar

April 1, 2016 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #372 By: Ian Mcdonald – ian.mcdonald [at] alumni.ubc.ca Although media depicted the November 2015 elections in Myanmar as a chance for reform in the country, the actual changes have been questionable, especially for the Muslim Rohingya […]

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Myanmar

Fighting for Myanmar’s Child Soldiers

January 22, 2015 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Efforts to release some 70,000 child soldiers in Myanmar face multiple challenges. Memo #324 By Kai Chen – chenkai [at] zju.edu.cn Since Myanmar’s independence in 1948, the nation’s interest groups—in particular its ethnic minorities and the […]

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A member of the Kachin Independence Army in Kachin State; Myanmar (credit: Wotchit).
Myanmar

In Myanmar, Let’s Make a Deal

December 11, 2014 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement has the potential to end decades of conflict, but a political solution will have to wait. Memo #320 By Brandon Miliate – bmiliate [at] gmail.com Today there is the real possibility that […]

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Burma

The Politics of Mining in Mongolia and Burma/Myanmar

April 9, 2013 Asia Pacific Memo 3

Protests against mining projects reveal contrasts in the political impact of resource extraction in Mongolia, an established 23 year-old democracy, and Burma/Myanmar, a liberalizing authoritarian state. Two similarities are apparent in the domestic tensions surrounding Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi and Burma’s Letpadaung copper mines: both governments and populations are keen to balance Chinese influence in their economies; and both struggle to balance development goals with local grievances. Yet, the differing role of the countries’ politicians means that the protests have different outcomes. […]

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China

Methamphetamine Smuggling along the Myanmar-China Border Threatens Local Communities

February 5, 2013 Asia Pacific Memo 1

The Golden Triangle, the mountainous region bordering Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, is known as a major centre for drug production. Since Khun Sa, kingpin of the region’s heroin trade, was forced into retirement in 1996, large-scale production of methamphetamine has developed along the Myanmar-China border. Unlike heroin, methamphetamine can be created from commercially available chemicals, commonly found in cold and flu medications. The easy availability of raw materials means that the profits generated from the production of methamphetamine are higher than those from heroin. […]

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