South Africa frequently invokes its celebrated constitution that is based on human rights, but has often failed to live up to its ideals.
History tells us that the stability of a country's security forces is key to the success or failure of a popular uprising.
A transcript of episode 9 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including an update on the situation for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar living in camps in Bangladesh.
What began in the 1940s as a revolutionary army created to liberate Myanmar from British colonial rule soon turned repressive. The country has been a military dictatorship on and off since 1962.
Plus why the situation for Rohingya Muslims living in Bangladesh has gone from bad to worse. Listen to episode 9 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
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.
In many of these countries, traditional power — often autocratic, feudal and authoritarian — lies just beneath the veneer of liberal democracies.
Young people in Myanmar have rallied daily since a Feb. 1 coup, demanding democracy. Now, ever more middle-class professionals are backing their cause, offering food, legal advice and moral support.
The military is escalating its pressure on protesters in Myanmar, but it's running out of options for resolving the crisis. Bullets may not be enough to quash the opposition this time.
Indonesia needs to consider long-term engagement to produce deeper and more sustainable impacts.
Beijing is shaping as an important player in the international effort to resolve the political situation in Myanmar.
Technology has played a key role for both sides engaged in the conflict. So what would happen if Myanmar's military shut down all communication to the outside?
Many have looked to Asia for lessons on successful pandemic management. However, recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Thailand and nearby countries also offer warnings about what not to do.
TikTok has a high aptitude as a booster for grassroot political activism, even in regions where freedom of expression is limited.
Aung San Suu Kyi's government did not have a perfect environmental record. But at least things were starting to change.
Despite having a woman leader, women are largely excluded from key positions of influence and leadership in Myanmar — a situation that helped the country's military succeed in its recent coup.
It will take time for international donors to disentangle their programs from Myanmar's new military leaders — and even then, continuing their programs remains a big question.
Internet shutdowns and social media bans in Myanmar have helped the military retain control after the Feb. 1 coup. Here's why ISPs should develop clear policies around forced internet shutdowns.
Myanmar's military is now using COVID restrictions as a way of getting protesters off the streets.
The two military-owned corporations that control much of Myanmar's private sector were under threat.