“Silent Voices”? The Subaltern Can Speak & Have Always Spoken

If activists are unwilling to be better allies to marginalised groups, they risk becoming complicit in silencing them.

/ November 5, 2021

The Balkanization of Myanmar: Minorities’ Solution to 70-years of the Colonial Rule & Political Repression?

The next FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Asia discusses Myanmar with Rual Lian Than, an ethnic Chin researcher and activist.

/ November 3, 2021

Yugoslavia bang kawlram hi vawleipi map in thlau asi lai lo tiah chim ngam asi hnga maw?

Chin language article with English summary – The Balkanization of Myanmar – Deeply troubled UN member state with its multiple ethnic nations with distinct histories memories, linguistic traditions and conflicting group interests, Myanmar has been in the slow but discernible process of “Balkanization”.

/ November 3, 2021

Incorporate women’s history for better gender-sensitive public policies and politics in Malaysia

In a world governed by patriarchy, Undi18's Sirikandis offer renewed hope for gender equality in Malaysia.

/ October 29, 2021

After Afghanistan, Time to Review and Reset ASEAN & International Policies Towards Myanmar

The vicious dialectic of “failed international policies AND failed Myanmar state”, will need to be placed at the right, left and centre of the new international policy debates on Myanmar. Repeating the same strategy of dangling the sweet discourse of mediation before the intransigent mass-murderous generals of Myanmar without the serious stick of international accountability will simply not do.

/ October 27, 2021

Ignoring Global Realities? Western Governments need to invest in Asian Studies in their Universities

The West had a very long run forcing other societies to respect its supremacy, wear its clothes and adopt its manners, not to mention its languages, values, and even its laws. Yet Asian Studies centres are no longer a monopoly of the West but are now increasingly centred, where they are funded much more richly, by their own governments.

/ October 21, 2021

On Myanmar’s Dead Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

Maung Zarni blew the whistle on military-led top-down democratic reforms – which he argued were, in the final instance, cosmetic as early as these "reforms" were launched by the Burmese generals in 2010. To his rage and dismay, this "transition" was blessed by none other than Aung San San Suu Kyi  and celebrated by Western media and powerful external actors.

/ October 17, 2021

Does Facebook deserve a share of the blame for the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar?

Facebook and the Rohingya genocide: FORSEA's Maung Zarni speaks on MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan Show on the Facebook problem.

/ October 15, 2021

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov

Maung Zarni discusses the award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to hold the powerful to account.

/ October 13, 2021

Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Southeast Asia: ASEAN’s Non-Interference or Bandung Principle & The Region’s Challenges

Join us for the Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Southeast Asia with guest, Tulis T. H. Tambunan, professor of economics at Indonesia's Trisakti University, to discuss Intra-ASEAN trade and investment, Myanmar's perpetual crises and the South China Sea disputes.

/ October 7, 2021