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Welcome to my website

24th August 2015

Greetings! Here you can find out all about my books and articles, including the latest, Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma. This is published by Yale University Press in the UK on September 25th, with US publication shortly afterwards. Check here for launch events. The first is a launch/discussion evening at London’s Frontline Club on September 22nd at 7pm [SOLD OUT]. More events follow in London, and then South-East Asia in October. Check here for my latest articles and blogs on current affairs in...

No big deal

15th October 2015

The long awaited “nationwide ceasefire agreement” has finally been signed, on October 15th. Except that it was by no means nationwide, and barely an agreement. So, does this move Burma’s peace process along very much? The hope is that such a process might lead eventually to a resolution of over fifty years’ worth of fighting between the Burman-majority government and the country’s many ethnic-based rebel groups. For a start, the deal was only signed between the government and 8 of the armed groups. Seven of groups...

An old-fashioned purge, of sorts…

20th August 2015

So Shwe Mann, the man who would be president, has been purged. At a stroke, the immediate political future of Burma has been up-ended, and now, more than ever, there must be real doubts as to whether the country will ever get even a halfway-house’s worth of democracy, let alone a full dose. Shwe Mann was, until last Thursday, the head of the ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), speaker of the lower house of parliament and an MP. He was also widely...