Demonstrators protest the China-backed Myitsone dam project in Myanmar

Can a Dam Deal Buy Beijing’s Support for Myanmar’s Junta?

China wants an unpopular billion-dollar project restarted, but it has walked a fine line around the coup.

U.S. Army soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division arrive home from a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan on Dec. 8, 2020 at Fort Drum, New York.

Should Biden Ditch All of Trump’s Policies?

From Afghanistan to China, the new administration seems likely to hold on to some ideas from the previous one.

Protesters hold up signs against the military coup in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Feb. 18.

Myanmar vs. Its Generals

Thant Myint-U on the future of the protests, what Beijing wants, and what Washington can do to help.

Nationalist Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu delivers a speech during a rally to show support to the Myanmar military in Yangon, Myanmar, on May 5, 2019.

When Buddhists Back the Army

Many monks in Myanmar are supporting the military coup.

A man walks past a wall of messages of support for the ongoing protests against the military coup in Yangon on Feb. 11.

Why Convicting Trump is Key to Biden’s Foreign Policy

With U.S. credibility so low, promoting democracy is harder than ever—so Washington should get its own house in order first.


Washington’s Window Is Closing Fast in Myanmar

Targeted, sharp action to reverse the coup is urgently needed.

A protest leader shouts slogans through a megaphone on Feb. 9 in Yangon, Myanmar.

Can Myanmar’s Protesters Succeed?

Led by student activists, the new civil-disobedience movement draws on the experience of older generations—but its methods and demands are a radical break with the past.

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s journey from the Jim Crow South, why global celebrities are taking on Modi, and what the United States shouldn’t do about Myanmar’s coup.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Will Biden Have to Choose Between U.S. Interests and Human Rights?

A coup in Myanmar and Russia’s sentencing of Alexei Navalny raise questions about whether promoting U.S. values could weaken Washington’s hand when it comes to great-power competition.

An anti-coup protester holds up a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi in front of the Myanmar embassy on Feb. 4 in Bangkok.

What America Should—and Shouldn’t—Do About Myanmar’s Coup

The collapse of a fledgling democracy is a cautionary tale for Washington’s foreign-policy establishment.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chats with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Who Lost Myanmar?

Facing its first major crisis, the Biden administration must confront a failure of U.S. diplomacy orchestrated by some of its own players nearly a decade ago.

A military armored vehicle is seen on a street in Myitkyina, Kachin state, Myanmar, on Feb. 2.

The West Must Hit Myanmar’s Generals Where It Hurts: Their Pockets

This assault on democracy cannot be allowed to stand, whatever Aung San Suu Kyi’s failings.

Myanmar residents in Thailand hold up portraits of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on Feb. 1.

The Myanmar Coup Is the First Test for Biden’s Democracy Agenda

Washington’s response should be swift if Biden expects the world to take his commitment seriously.

Myanmar migrants hold up portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader who was recently detained by the military in a coup, as they take part in a demonstration outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok on Feb. 1.

Is Beijing Backing the Myanmar Coup?

The Biden administration needs clarity from China as the new U.S. president acts on his first major crisis.

A soldier walks in the City Hall compound in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 1.

What’s Next for Myanmar

State leader Min Aung Hlaing, who was due to retire as commander in chief when he turns 65 in July, could now extend his hold on power.

Myanmar's commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, during a ceremony to mark the 71th anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.

Myanmar’s Coup Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

With Washington and much of the world preoccupied, the generals have calculated they can get away with it.

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