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  • Burma Seminar Report: Ethnic Conflict in Burma/Myanmar: From Aspirations to Solutions. December 2013 (pdf)
    Report. Hopes remain that, through political negotiation, democratic reforms will be achieved which lead to just and inclusive solutions. But as the countdown to the 2015 general election begins, concerns are growing that essential reforms will not be delivered.
  • Burma's Ethnic Challenge: From Aspirations to Solutions. October 2013 (pdf)
    Report. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 12. "Important steps have been made in national reconciliation during the past two years. But promises and ceremonies will never be enough. The long-standing aspirations of Burma's peoples for peace and justice must find solutions during the present time of national transition."
  • Access Denied: Land Rights and Ethnic Conflict in Burma. May 2013 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 11. The new land and investment laws benefit large corporate investors and not small- holder farmers, especially in ethnic minority regions, and do not take into account land rights of ethnic communities.
  • Political Reform in Burma/Myanmar and Consequences for Ethnic Conflict. April 2013 (pdf)
    Briefing. While there have been undeniably positive trends in Burma over the past year, these have not yet been translated into ethnic peace and justice.
  • The Kachin Crisis: Peace Must Prevail. March 2013 (pdf)
    Briefing - Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 10. As 2012 progressed, perceptions of the real nature of change under the Thein Sein government were challenged by a series of disturbing events in which serious violence and mass displacement of civilians occurred in several parts of the country.
  • Developing Disparity. February 2013 (pdf)
    Report. Unless foreign direct investment in Burma's war-torn borderlands is refocused towards people-centered development, it is likely to deepen disparity between the region's most neglected peoples and Burma's new military, business and political elite and exacerbate a decades-long civil war.
  • Ethnic Peace and Political Participation. August 2012 (pdf)
    Report. Ceasefires have been agreed; the NLD has elected representatives in the national legislatures; Western sanctions are being lifted; and the World Bank and other international agencies are returning to set up office in the country. Such developments are likely to have a defining impact on ethnic politics, which remains one of the central challenges facing the country today.
  • Burma at the Crossroads. June 2012 (pdf)
    Briefing - Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 9. The people of Burma are at a critical juncture in their struggle for democracy and ethnic reform. Decisions taken by leading parties and protagonists in the months ahead could well define the direction of national politics for many years to come.
  • Assessing Burma/Myanmar's New Government. April 2012 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma is in the midst of its most important period of political transition in over two decades. TNI and BCN hosted a conference to look at the challenges and opportunities in five key areas: politics, ethnic relations, the economy, social and humanitarian affairs, and the international landscape.
  • Ending Burma's Conflict Cycle? February 2012 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 8. Peace does not just involve the government and ethnic armed opposition groups, but involves all of Burma's citizens.
  • Civil Society Gaining Ground. November 2011 (pdf)
    Report. Local organisations have adopted different strategies towards the authoritarian government in Burma. Focussing on the dynamics of civil society Tom Kramer looks into the possibilities and risks of growing international interest in engagement with these groups.
  • Conflict or Peace? Ethnic Unrest Intensifies in Burma. June 2011 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 7. The breakdown in the ceasefire of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) with the central government represents a major failure in national politics and threatens to escalate to serious humanitarian crisis if not immediately addressed.
  • Burma's New Government: Prospects for Governance and Peace in Ethnic States. May 2011 (pdf)
    Report. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 6. What are the prospects for Burma's quasi-civilian government effectively addressing the country's ethnic minority grievances and resolving the multiple, decades-long conflicts?
  • Ethnic Politics in Burma: The Time for Solutions. February 2011 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 5. Following the shake-up of Burmese politics last year, the country's military leaders now face the challenge of introducing a new system while ethnic tensions and exclusions remain.
  • A Changing Ethnic Landscape: Analysis of Burma's 2010 Polls. December 2010 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 4. "Burma is at a critical juncture in its history. The transition to a form of civilian government and constitutional rule is underway, however imperfect it may be."
  • Unlevel Playing Field: Burma's Election Landscape. September 2010 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 3. "Opposition parties participating in the process view boycotting the elections as a strategic mistake. The only way forward for them is to play a better game of chess, making the best strategic use of the limited space available."
  • Burma's 2010 Elections: Challenges and Opportunities. June 2010 (pdf)
    Briefing. Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 2. The election process in Burma represents the most significant political transformation for a generation.
  • Burma in 2010: A Critical Year in Ethnic Politics. June 2010 (pdf)
    Briefing - Burma Policy Briefing Series Nr 1. Resolution of Burma's longstanding ethnic crises is integral to the achievement of real peace, democracy and constitutional government.

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