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Negotiating an American Journalist’s Freedom From Myanmar, Part 2

Negotiator Mickey Bergman tells the harrowing story of how he and his boss Bill Richardson got an imprisoned journalist out of Myanmar.

Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.
Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the Tatmadaw’s Frustration Fuels a Cycle of Violence

The junta’s tactics have grown more brutal in the face of resistance. The international community doesn’t have an answer.

A sign for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen behind a shuttered gate in Yangon, Myanmar, on Jan. 22.
A sign for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen behind a shuttered gate in Yangon, Myanmar, on Jan. 22.

Companies Quitting Myanmar Provide Hollow Victories Against Junta

The departures of France’s TotalEnergies and Norway’s Telenor have left the military regime with more money and control.

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Mickey-Bergman-Negotiators-podcast-square-site

Negotiating an American Journalist’s Freedom From Myanmar, Part 1

Season 2 of "The Negotiators" starts with the dramatic negotiations that took place to free Danny Fenster, an American journalist imprisoned in Myanmar.

Myanmar security forces
Myanmar security forces

Engagement With Myanmar’s Junta Has Failed

Accelerating atrocities show there’s no point in talking to a desperate regime.

Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.
Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.

The Built-In Brutality of Myanmar’s Military

Ignoring what everyone else thinks is part of the junta’s mindset.

A signboard for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen past a shuttered gate in Yangon on Jan. 22, after energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron said they would leave Myanmar following pressure from human rights groups to cut financial ties with the junta since last year's military coup.
A signboard for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen past a shuttered gate in Yangon on Jan. 22, after energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron said they would leave Myanmar following pressure from human rights groups to cut financial ties with the junta since last year's military coup.

U.S. Eyes New Energy Sanctions on Myanmar After Execution of Activists

Oil and gas are a critical economic lifeline for Myanmar’s military junta.

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.

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