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Informal Local Governance Case Studies in Myanmar's Rural Areas

This publication is the outcome of a survey the Pyidaungsu Institute conducted in four ethnic states. more…

Pauline Eloff | May 17, 2018

Public Finance For a Genuine Federal Democratic Union

An Introduction into Public Spending and Taxation Issues for Myanmar

Monetary and fiscal policies are important drivers of economic development. They contribute to economic and political stability. more…

Prof. Dr. Stefan Collignon | May 16, 2018

Schedule Two of the 2008 Constitution

Avenues for Reform and Decentralization and Steps towards a Federal System

The authors argue that Schedule Two is where the big debates about Myanmar’s future converge. more…

Tinzar Htun, Mael Raynaud | May 3, 2018

Is the West driving Myanmar into the arms of China?


At the start of the Lunar New Year, the Chinese ambassador in Yangon praised Myanmar for having maintained political stability and making progress in the peace process. He said that China had played a constructive role in the process and would remain a presence. The assembled Burmese ministers, regional dignitaries and parliamentarians must have had mixed feelings upon hearing this. For decades, China has been pursuing ambitious goals in Myanmar, not always to the satisfaction of its neighbour. The West’s policy once again risks increasing Myanmar’s dependence on China. more…

Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Katharina Münster | Country Reports | April 20, 2018

Myanmar – new breeding ground for terrorist networks?

The “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army” (ARSA) in Focus

On 1st February 2018, a previously unknown man threw an incendiary device onto the Rangoon property where Myanmar’s de facto prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi resides. Even though security officials took the incident seriously while at the same time not wanting to overstate it, the increasing threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia has hardly been noticed elsewhere, especially in Europe. There is good reason Myanmar should be the focus of interest in such discussions. more…

Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Maria Kusmina | Country Reports | March 15, 2018