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Treaty signing preparation begins with a rocky start

The 20 September Sunday meeting, in Rangoon, was supposed to be a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) signing preparation meeting between all the regime's preferred...

Unlawful Association Act used to woo ethnic resistance armies

The problem with the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) is that they don't insist on "equal-footing" in ceasefire negotiation process. If one goes into the...

From a Well-Wisher: Reflections on Shan politics in the 2015 election

Sao Noan Oo is the descendent of the saophas, or hereditary rulers, of the Shan princely state of Lawksawk, in southern Shan State. She...

Aftermath of Naypyitaw meeting, nationwide ceasefire remains illusive

It is becoming more clearer that the all-inclusive signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) would be quite hard to materialize, if not impossible,...

Pulling through the NCA with astrological help?

With the coinciding symbol of 9999, the meeting, on 9 September, with 9 members delegation - 5 high-level Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs), together with...

November election through ethnic lens

As 8 November nationwide election draws nearer, the speculation, on how the ethnic political parties would fare and simultaneously able to address and achieve...

NAYPYITAW MEETING: Would ethnic coalition compromised posture lead to nationwide ceasefire signing?

The ethnic leadership meeting from 21 to 24 August, in Chiangmai, Thailand, was supposed to be a showdown between the pro and contra factions...

ALL-INCLUSIVENESS IN AN ETHNIC CONTEXT

After what had been recognised as successful talks in July that brought the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) closer to fruition only three points remained...

Negotiation-trust relationship in the nationwide ceasefire process: Reflections of an outsider

Should a win-win solution be the focus of the negotiation parties and negotiations? What is the role of trust in negotiations? To the author, negotiation is...

Thein Sein’s last-ditch effort to achieve nationwide ceasefire

Quite a lot has happened during a time span of a week. It started out with the President Thein Sein's invitation of 15 Ethnic...

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