Myanmar’s two-year resistance to the brutal military regime barely registers in the West. But Ukraine shows that Western military force can be successfully used to support a democracy under siege.
Indonesia could turn this year’s ASEAN Chairmanship into opportunities that will benefit not just itself, but the region as a whole.
While we should be extremely thankful that some political prisoners are being released from Myanmar’s jails, we should also recognise they should never have been there in the first place.
The nation’s long-held desire to become an ASEAN member is at last moving - but exactly when and how it will achieve full membership remains unknown.
Indonesia’s reluctance to respond to the conflict is based on the fact that its economy is still very dependent on China.
Indonesia could initiate and encourage a military-to-military engagement with Myanmar, so that Myanmar can consider the example of Indonesia’s military reform.
The AU needs to address two main problems to steer Africa into a prosperous future – the use of unconstitutional means by some leaders to cling to power and disregard for the rule of law.
The Coalition’s track record was mostly positive until the AUKUS announcement.
Africa runs the risk, yet again, of being an onlooker while others make policy for the continent.
ASEAN has thus far been ineffectual, while China has leverage but has failed to act. If a negotiated end to the crisis is to happen, who will take the lead?
With the regime’s brutality on daily display, peaceful protests have largely been abandoned. Unless there’s a negotiated settlement, Myanmar looks headed for a long and bloody civil war.
Will the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as ASEAN, start taking tougher stances against authoritarian and military regimes? Its recent treatment of Myanmar’s military ruler is promising.
Myanmar’s chair was embarrassingly empty at a recent summit, a rebuff to the military junta that took control of the country in a coup earlier this year.
Keeping silent is not a strategic option.
ASEAN countries fear a potential arms race and future confrontation between great powers taking place in their region.
With hundreds now killed since the coup and civilians increasingly taking up arms against the junta, there are fears the country could be headed toward civil war.
What the deal involves and why it matters.
The international community has gained a much greater understanding of the Myanmar military’s transnational revenue streams. Targeted sanctions can work if the world just follows the money.
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Indonesia needs to consider long-term engagement to produce deeper and more sustainable impacts.