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Members of the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force run during training at their base camp in a forest in Myanmar's eastern Kayah state.
Members of the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force run during training at their base camp in a forest in Myanmar's eastern Kayah state.

Myanmar Military Carries Out Atrocities in the East, Too

A distracted international community hasn’t been watching.

Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence.
Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence.

The U.S. Has Recognized Myanmar’s Genocide. But Is That Enough?

Rohingya activists and human rights defenders plead for more action against Myanmar’s military junta government.

Chin National Army (CNA) soldiers perform military exercises at a training facility inside the CNA Victoria Camp, in Thantlang township, Myanmar.
Chin National Army (CNA) soldiers perform military exercises at a training facility inside the CNA Victoria Camp, in Thantlang township, Myanmar.

Military Violence Emboldens Myanmar’s Ethnic Resistance

Armed groups in Chin state are outgunned and underfunded, but they are defiantly standing their ground against the junta.

Shwedagon Pagoda and a street in Yangon, Myanmar.
Shwedagon Pagoda and a street in Yangon, Myanmar.

Why Congress Must Pass the BURMA Act

One year since the military took power in Myanmar, the United States needs to increase pressure on its brutal regime.

Anti-coup protestors in Myanmar stand behind a barricade as smoke rises behind them.
Anti-coup protestors in Myanmar stand behind a barricade as smoke rises behind them.

The World Has Failed to Stand With Myanmar

Despite this lack of support, I remain hopeful for my people’s future.

Burmese protesters burn a portrait of Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.
Burmese protesters burn a portrait of Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

Sanctions Won’t Undo Myanmar’s Coup

But the military junta’s crackdowns and isolation just might.

A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.
A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2022

Battle deaths may be down, but regional wars continue to rage as great-power confrontations loom, from Ukraine to Taiwan, amid declining U.S. influence.

A protester in a helmet and breathing apparatus holds a poster in front of barricades.
A protester in a helmet and breathing apparatus holds a poster in front of barricades.

Myanmar’s Tumultuous Year

A stunning military coup in early 2021 kicked off a year of unprecedented change.

Protesters in Myanmar
Protesters in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Military Must Be Shown It Can’t Win

Negotiations are far off, but they are the only way out of a catastrophic conflict.

Myanmar armed forces chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing waves during the inauguration of a new military coast guard in Yangon, Myanmar, on Oct. 6.
Myanmar armed forces chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing waves during the inauguration of a new military coast guard in Yangon, Myanmar, on Oct. 6.

China Warms Up to Myanmar’s Generals

Months after the coup, Beijing seeks stability—and protections for its investments—above all.

HMAS Farncomb Collins class submarine
HMAS Farncomb Collins class submarine

Why AUKUS Alarms ASEAN

The bloc is struggling to preserve unity—and can’t decide what to do about the new U.S.-China rivalry.

The U.N. logo
The U.N. logo

U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N.

The informal deal offers common ground with Beijing and a blow to Myanmar’s hopes of legitimacy.

Former Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law, now in exile in the U.K., speaks at a rally for Hong Kong democracy at Marble Arch on June 12, 2021 in London.
Former Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law, now in exile in the U.K., speaks at a rally for Hong Kong democracy at Marble Arch on June 12, 2021 in London.

Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles

The U.S. democracy agenda can’t focus simply on supporting democratic governments.

Antony Blinken, U.S. secretary of state, speaks with Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, after the conclusion of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Antony Blinken, U.S. secretary of state, speaks with Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, after the conclusion of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

U.S. Congress Weighs Sanctions on Myanmar’s Oil and Gas

The legislation could also force a ruling on whether the military junta committed genocide against the Rohingya.

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Xi Jinping.
Aung San Suu Kyi meets Xi Jinping.

China Is Hedging Its Bets in Myanmar

Beijing thinks the junta will win—but it’s not sure.

Two men check their weapons at a training camp in Myanmar.
Two men check their weapons at a training camp in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Opposition Is Forming Fragile Alliances With Armed Ethnic Groups

The National League for Democracy struggles with its history of oppressing its would-be allies.

A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.
A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.

Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19

Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.

Arakan protesters hold banners and flags during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar.
Arakan protesters hold banners and flags during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar.

Will More Ethnic Minority Organizations Join Myanmar’s Revolution?

The deposed civilian government’s bad relations with some groups undermine the unity of the anti-coup movement.

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