Myanmar’s Armed Forces: The Case for Engagement
Over three years since the inauguration of the civilian government, the Tatmadaw finds itself increasingly isolated politically and under scrutiny like never before from Myanmar’s burgeoning mass media and civil society. Ill-prepared, it faces key challenges in adapting to evolving democratic needs. Failure to build trust and confidence in civil-military relations will only serve to hinder the democratization and peace processes underway. A concerted engagement strategy involving all politically relevant actors is therefore needed as well as measures to assist in the reform of Myanmar’s armed forces.
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 […]
Mental Illness: Myanmar’s Hidden Epidemic
Myanmar urgently needs to improve mental health care and achieving that objective will require a change of attitude by policy makers and the wider community. A report released last year […]