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November 13, 2018
Burma made strides toward consolidating its recent record of holding well-administered, credible elections in the November 3 by-elections. The elections were deemed “peaceful and credible with no significant incidents that can have negatively impacted the results” by an international observer... Read More
August 08, 2018
Thirty years ago today, on August 8, 1988, university students in Burma organized protests against General Ne Win’s totalitarian one-party government, under whose rule Burma became one of the poorest... Read More
July 26, 2018
The 2015 election in Burma was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after 50 years of authoritarian rule. With the NLD in power, expectations were high for continued economic and political reforms.  While the election was a positive first step, it would be a mistake to... Read More
July 18, 2018
Three years ago, Burma held its first competitive general election in 25 years. The election was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after over 50 years of authoritarian rule. Following the election of the NLD and Aung San Suu Kyi, expectations were high that the promised economic... Read More
August 23, 2016
Shan State proved to be an anomaly in Burma’s 2015 election. In most of the country Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) dominated, but the results in Burma’s largest state were exceptional in scale and diversity.  Over 10 political parties won at least one seat in the Shan... Read More
March 30, 2016
Today, U Htin Kyaw was sworn in as Burma’s new President.  Seen in the context of Burma’s recent history, today’s ceremony holds great significance.  U Htin Kyaw will be Burma’s first civilian president since 1962.  The leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)... Read More
March 02, 2016
Imagine you are a student at a University studying political science – you are so excited for your new studies – you finally found your passion – you want to make the world a better place and you want to do this by getting involved in politics, by shaping and creating public policy for the common... Read More
February 01, 2016
Today Burma embarks on a new chapter in its transition, as a newly elected parliament convenes just months after what has been widely viewed as the most credible election in generations.  The opposition’s resounding victory has been accepted by the ruling establishment, and the swearing in of... Read More
December 08, 2015
The November 8 elections in Burma have ushered in a number of significant changes to country’s political landscape. The National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi will hold the majority seats in both houses of the national parliament giving it the power to choose the next president.... Read More
Posted by

Steve Cima

Resident Country Director, Burma
November 24, 2015
Monday afternoon, November 9, in the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon, Burma. It was the day following Election Day. The day after millions of citizens had overcome long lines and sweltering heat to cast their votes in the country’s historic elections. Every one of us there was a western... Read More
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Mark Green