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NATIONWIDE CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT: Another hope for a breakthrough or replay of the 5th January meeting?

Once again, a new ad hoc meeting between the President and the Ethnic Armed Groups (EAOs), supposed to be held on Union Day, the...

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: Conflict Parties Should Concentrate On Common Interests, Not Steadfast Rigid Positions

As President Thein Sein hopes to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) on 12 February, Union Day, Commander-in...

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: Will Thein Sein’s Targeted NCA Signing Ceremony On Union Day Materialize?

President Thein Sein's proposal, or rather his ad hoc lobbying, regarding the signing of National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on 12 January, Monday, to be...

KNU: Asset or liability for the resistance?

Out of Burma’s 16 armed resistance movements recognized officially by the government, the Karen National Union (KNU) is the only movement that can boast...

The peace process: 1878 history needs no repetition

IN 1878, Burma’s last most popular and revered King Mindon passed away at the age of 70. He had 62 consorts that had borne...

Back to Shan Shine (II)

Geopolitics: The art of choosing between the bear and the bee Until they heard me babbling about Mackinder and Spykman’s famous dictums (shortened here by...

Back to Shan Shine (II)

During the last days of 2014, 27-31 December, SHAN president-founder and Pyidaungsu Institute (PI) for Peace and Dialogue’s managing director was in Loi Taileng,...

Escape from Homong

Today, 7 January 2015, marks the 19th anniversary of the surrender of Khun Sa and his once mighty Mong Tai Army (MTA) in 1996. At...

BURMA: 2014 Ends, But Old Problematic Issues Linger On

As 2014 comes to an end, all the woes and burdens that have been there from the previous year continue to exist and haunt...

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