Glass half empty in Myanmar

By Sina Schuessler
Myanmar’s transition can be viewed from two different broad perspectives. In the first, the formerly military run country is well along the way towards a genuine democratic transformation. This perspective highlights the consolidation of the reform process with the appointment of former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi as chair of the Lower House of Parliament’s Committee for Rule of Law, Peace and Stability, the release of hundreds of political prisoners, the adoption a law allowing for public demonstrations, the removal of thousands of foreigners and exiles from government blacklists and ongoing peace talks between the government and ethnic armies.

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