At the intersection of South Asia, North East Asia and South East Asia, and undergoing multiple transition processes simultaneously, Myanmar is an area of interest to business, academic and policy circles alike. Recent developments in the country, including, but not limited, to the 2015 elections, have elicited positive reactions from Myanmar citizens and the international community alike. Nevertheless, much remains to be done to ensure sustainable, inclusive and long-term progress. Supporting locally-owned solutions will be required for the success and sustainability of all transition processes; political, economic and peace.
Building on a long history of engagement with Myanmar, ISDP actively supports many aspects of Myanmar’s ongoing transitions, particularly related to peace and politics. ISDP works with a diverse set of local partners around Myanmar on peace process related topics and issues through supporting capacity building workshops, undertaking research and supporting dialogue between key stakeholders.
ISDP is grateful to have received funding from the European Union in support of its work in Myanmar.
A Return to War: Militarized Conflicts in Northern Shan State
Introduction Myanmar’s internal armed conflict erupted in 1948 just after it gained independence from Britain. The principle armed actors in Myanmar’s civil wars have involved the Myanmar Defense Services, or […]
Myanmar’s Evolving Relations: The NLD in Government
The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 general election prompted celebrations around the world. Following a nervous, but successful, transition to ensure the transfer of […]
Peace, Alliance, and Inclusivity: Ending Conflict in Myanmar
Min Zaw Oo and Elliot Brennan take a look at Myanmar's Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.
Financing War or Facilitating Peace? The Impact of Rebel Drug Trafficking on Peace Negotiations in Colombia and Myanmar
Rebel involvement in drug trafficking is broadly found to prolong and intensify civil wars. Being an illicit good with strong demand, high profit margins, limited barriers to entry, and few […]
Can Myanmar Avoid Conflict Pitfalls in its Hydro Blitz?
Myanmar has the lowest rate of electrification in Southeast Asia. Addressing the population’s energy needs is essential for economic development and alleviating poverty. However, tapping into the country’s rich hydropower […]
Hydropower and Social Conflict in Vietnam: Lessons for Myanmar
Harnessing Myanmar’s hydropower, while essential for the country’s development, has significant potential to stir social unrest in ethnic states. Trang Do and Elliot Brennan argue that Vietnam’s experience in this […]