Insight Email

Omnipresent: Illicit Drugs Everywhere

  • September 18, 2023
  • ISP Admin
The weather in Naypyitaw is gloomy with unpredictable clouds and rainfall For this week's insight email No 23, ISP-Myanmar focuses on developments relating to Naypyitaw The newsletter also highlights a growing substance abuse problem in Myanmar with illicit drugs easily accessible in most townships, as demonstrated by ISP-Myanmar's socio-economic Read more...

Drowning in the Vicious Cycle of Gambling

  • September 8, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week’s ISP Insight Email No 22 focuses on a series of concerning developments One key setback since the military coup has been the proliferation of illicit gambling dens in Myanmar, which have ensnared many individuals in the debilitating cycle of Read more...

Are People Happy Nowadays?

  • August 22, 2023
  • ISP Admin
For this week's insight email to Gabyin community members, ISP-Myanmar discusses the suffocating lives under military rule This sense of stagnation stems from the gradual decline of the Myanmar economy, which is now facing not just distress, but a slow demise Read more...

Prolonged SAC's Rule

  • August 9, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week’s ISP Insight Email No 20 focuses on the State Administration Council’s (SAC) extension of its own term in office creating a complex Catch-22 situation with the SAC’s aspiration for fresh elections Prison terms for President Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi were partially pardoned, yet the extent of the goodwill derived from this move remains Read more...

SAC’s World Biggest Stupa and Superstitious Number ‘Nine’

  • July 21, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week’s ISP Insight Email focuses on the consecration event of the world’s highest marble Buddha Stupa, Maravijaya, which main sponsor is the SAC’s leader, the stupa’s relationship with the junta’s superstitious lucky number ‘nine’ We also present the change of the financial control by the SAC’s Central Bank over export earnings - forcing the conversion of Myanmar Kyat from a ratio of 65:35 to 50:50 However, the policy may have little impact and currently, the state of Read more...

A Fragile Economy and Probability of Conflict Resurfacing in Kachin State

  • July 7, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week’s ISP-Myanmar Insight Email No18 highlights the World Bank’s Burma Economic Monitor and the fragile status of Myanmar’s economy We also present the probability of conflict resurfacing in Kachin State along key routes for the military and border trade purposes, and the fighting in the border town of Mese, Kayah State, highlighting a switching of allegiances of the Karenni Border Guard Forces (BGF) against the Read more...

Pattaya Meeting, and the Inexorable Rise of Rare Earths Mining

  • June 23, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week’s ISP Insight Email focuses on the informal meeting on Myanmar in Pattaya, organized by the Thai caretaker government Readers will also find a discussion of the possibility that SAC officials held a secret meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi amid the ongoing concern that the media information space is becoming ever more conducive to rumors, fake news, misinformation, and disinformation Read more...

Inconclusive Mongla Talks and Sagaing Forum’s Federalist Push

  • June 9, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week’s ISP Insight email focuses on the Mongla talks between the State Administration Council (SAC) and the Three Brotherhood Alliance In addition, it discusses the importance of the Sagaing Forum in its attempt to formulate the long-term vision, as well as medium-term and short-term preparations for their anti-coup struggle in Sagaing Region where more than 300 armed resistance forces are Read more...

Alerted Security in Mae Sot, Thai-Myanmar border in Post-Election: Normal Response?

  • May 26, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week's focus revolves around the repercussions of the devastating Cyclone Mocha and the unfolding dynamics of the warming El Niño phenomenon Amidst the ongoing challenges in forming a new Thai government following the May election, there is a growing concern regarding the escalating security issues at the Thai-Myanmar border, particularly in Mae Sot In addition, this bulletin delves into the current state of school enrollment in Myanmar’s new academic Read more...

ASEAN Summit and Humanitarian Assistance Prospects

  • May 12, 2023
  • ISP Admin
The Cyclone Mocha, one of the strongest cyclones to ever hit the Bay of Bengal, made landfall on the coastlines of Myanmar and Bangladesh on May 14 Its dangerous winds, downpours and storm surge wreaked havoc on 90% of infrastructure in and around storm epicenter in Rakhine State Read more...