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Operation 1027:China’s Economic Entanglement With Anticipated and Unforeseen Risks

  • November 14, 2023
  • ISP Admin
ISP-Myanmar is presenting a series of three OnPoint analyses that will shed light on ‘Operation 1027’, the military offensive launched by the three Brotherhood Alliance (3BHA) and their allies on October 27, 2023 This ISP OnPoint No 18 analysis, the second in the series, emphasizes the economic significance embedded within the offensive and China’s response to the Read more...

Operation 1027:Will All Roads Lead to Laukkai or Naypyitaw?

  • November 13, 2023
  • ISP Admin
ISP-Myanmar is planning to release a series of three OnPoint analyses that will shed light on 'Operation 1027', the military offensive launched by the Three Brotherhood Alliance (3BHA) and their allies on October 27, 2023 The first report will provide an in-depth analysis of the context of the offensive and its 'signaling Read more...

The Reappearance of Aung San Suu Kyi: Her Role and New Play of Political Narrative

  • July 14, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai, recently disclosed that he met with Myanmar’s former leader Aung San Suu Kyi in detention in Naypyitaw on July 9, 2023 The meeting came just two days before the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Jakarta and was the first allowed in the two years following the military coup in February Read more...

Cyclone Mocha and Return of El Niño: A Crisis of Climate-Conflict-Humanitarian Triple Nexus in Myanmar

  • May 22, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Cyclone Mocha, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the Bay of Bengal, made landfall near Sittwe on May 14, 2023 It wreaked havoc on nearly 54 million people living in Rakhine State and surrounding areas in its path, causing widespread destruction across Sittwe and creating a potential humanitarian crisis for a highly vulnerable population of as many as 32 million people, according to a statement from the Read more...

China’s Policy Reset: Will the SAC Follow China-Driven Political Exit?

  • May 6, 2023
  • ISP Admin
China’s new Foreign Minister Mr Qin Gang visited Naypyitaw on May 2, 2023 This marked the first official visit by a high-ranking Chinese official to Myanmar’s capital in the two years since the military coup In the hours prior to the Naypyitaw trip, Mr Qin toured the border regions of Yunnan province, which maintains vested interests with Myanmar in various sectors Prior to Mr Qin’s trip, Mr Peng Xiubin, Director-General of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of Read more...

Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD): The Politics of Integrity and Commitment

  • March 21, 2023
  • ISP Admin
The Central Executive Committee meeting of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), held on March 16 and 17, 2023, made a momentous decision that it will not re-register as a political party under the new Political Party Registration law of 2023 Explaining its decision, the SNLD cites that the junta authorities have yet to announce a date for the General Election, and that the party finds substantial security challenges to travel to consult with party members (mainly in Kayah and Read more...

Two Years After the Coup: Entrenching the Quagmire

  • February 9, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Myanmar’s ruling junta, the State Administration Council (SAC), marked the second anniversary of its military coup on February 1 by submitting a six-month extension of its rule to the National Security and Defense Council (NDSC) for approval The SAC used the pretext of an “atypical situation” in the country to argue that it had not yet been able to accomplish its objectives The junta has reshuffled several of its ranks-and-files, and declared martial law in 37 Read more...

Myanmar Crisis: Implications of Death Sentences Inseparable from Transitional Justice

  • July 29, 2022
  • ISP Admin
The junta’s practice of executing those under politically motivated death sentences is the latest indication that ASEAN’s push for a ‘return to normalcy’ in Myanmar is over Although the new trajectory of the country is still vague, it is certain that the ‘old normal’ – of problem definition and resolution within Myanmar politics – can no longer work to solve the current Read more...

The Myanmar Crisis Needs a Sustainable Resolution After U.S.- ASEAN Special Summit

  • May 22, 2022
  • ISP Admin
The ASEAN-US Special Summit 2022 took place on May 12-13 in Washington, DC Sr Gen Min Aung Hlaing, chairman of the State Administrative Council (SAC), was not invited to attend US officials did invite Ms Zin Mar Aung, foreign minister of the opposition National Unity Government (NUG), who met with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and other senior US officials during the summit Zin Mar Aung also met with her Malaysian counterpart, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Read more...

Shaky Pavilion: The Military Council’s Peace Overture 

  • May 13, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Sr Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of the State Administration Council (SAC), personally invited the heads of Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) to talk about peace on April 22, 2022 As of May 9, the deadline to respond to the offer, only 10 out of 21 EAOs answered the call to meet Read more...