While calls mount for sanctions on the Myanmar military’s cash flows, analysts believe such tactics will not help change the junta’s actions.
The fundamental freedom to publish critical views on society and government is necessary for real democracy and human rights to flourish in the region.
Southeast Asian leaders have reached a muted agreement on Myanmar’s crisis at a summit that fails to condemn the military government or make any real demands of coup leader Min Aung Hlaing.
Myanmar’s coup leader needs to attend ASEAN’s upcoming emergency meeting on the situation in Myanmar on April 24 despite activists’ legitimate concerns that this elevates the junta’s profile.
With major ethnic armed groups vowing to resist the military’s deadly crackdown on dissent, Myanmar is on the cusp of civil war and further violence.
India’s belated condemnation of the violence in Myanmar and its willingness to work with the military government have cast a spotlight on New Delhi’s interests in the country.
In the wake of the military coup in Myanmar, Russia may have found an opening to further its military cooperation with the junta.
As police and soldiers from Myanmar defect across India’s border, Modi’s government can’t continue with its tepid response to Myanmar’s coup and ongoing violence. India’s next moves will have impacts far beyond bilateral relations—on competition with China, on India’s geopolitical status and on attempts to economically and politically integrate its northeastern states.
Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement is powerful because it does away with the illusion that anyone but the people of Myanmar will be able to bring the country lasting peace or democracy.
ASEAN has called for dialogue between the military and civilians in Myanmar following last month’s coup. However, the grouping has not shown any willingness to hold the military accountable through sanctions, either as a bloc or by joining the international community’s efforts.