Drawing on insights from policymakers, diplmomats, business and NGO leaders, academics and journalists, the Asia Society Policy Institute, a NYSEAN Partner, released "Reconciling Expectations With Reality in a Transitioning Myanmar," an issue paper outlining the five critical challenges facing Myanmar today. The paper finds that the following issues undermine the prospects for good governance in the country:
- Multifaceted and violent ethnic conflict, largely created or exacerbated by Myanmar’s military, which is undermining the peace process and causing the tragic plight of the Rohingya
- Poor and uneven government communications, causing both “fake news” and speculation to proliferate
- Slowed economic reform and development
- A flawed constitution, unchecked military power, and the conflation of the rule of law and law and order
- Unbalanced geopolitical and geostrategic power and risk.
The authors argue that to move forward, the international community should take a broader lens to their understanding of Myanmar and double down on helping find a way forward.