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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...

Terrify without Making a Sound, Strike without Being Seen 

  • December 12, 2021
  • ISP Admin
Today, 10 December, a nationwide silent strike was launched Photographic records indicate strong public participation and widespread awareness of the strike The strike’s slogan is “We are being denied basic Human Rights; Occupy through the Revolution!” Read more...

International Efforts to Solve the Myanmar Crisis: A Possible Playground for Global Superpowers?

  • March 12, 2022
  • ISP Admin
On March 10, 2022, Japan’s Special Envoy for Myanmar National Reconciliation, Mr Yohei Sasakawa met with Ethnic Armed Organization (EAO) leaders in Chiang Mai, Thailand ASEAN’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, Mr Prak Sokhonn, plans to visit Nay Pyi Taw in the third week of March President Joe Biden is set to organize an ASEAN-US Summit in Washington DC in the near Read more...

“Humanitarian Plus” Approach and Its Concerns

  • January 25, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Three parties, namely the Karen National Union (KNU), the Chin National Front (CNF), and the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), issued a statement on January 20, 2022, supporting the concept of “Humanitarian Plus” proposed by the UN Special Envoy on Myanmar and added three more conditions Read more...

Three Perspectives to Consider on Myanmar’s Coup Anniversary

  • February 4, 2022
  • ISP Admin
The post-coup situation should be evaluated on the basis of these three proposed perspectives If dissidents prepare a systematic and long-term strategy, rather than pushing haphazard responses that can only achieve short-term results, they could more effectively realize the political goals to which most people in the country aspire Provoking “revenge” and anger will only jeopardize the prospect for long-term Read more...

‘Wait-and-see’ and Condemnation-Based Approaches Simply Will Not Resolve an Inhumane War or Promote Civil Protection

  • January 14, 2022
  • ISP Admin
There has been a record high amount of civilian casualties during the State Administrative Council (SAC)’s military offensives in Kayah State, Sagaing, and Magway Regions, which has included actions such as air raids against residential towns Read more...

Limitations on the capacity of the Cambodian Special Envoy to Myanmar

  • January 14, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Cambodia, the ASEAN chair of 2022, announced on December 15 that their Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prak Sokhonn had been appointed as the ASEAN Special Envoy to Myanmar The new special envoy will continue working to remedy the failures of his predecessor, Brunei’s second minister for Foreign Affairs, Erywan Yusof, to effectively address the five-point consensus that the ASEAN countries have agreed Read more...

China’s Democracy and Myanmar

  • December 18, 2021
A white paper recently issued by the Chinese government praising its democracy looks to have limited resonance in Myanmar Beijing’s continued support for Myanmar’s military junta has proved unpopular with supporters of the Spring Read more...