Asia Society Policy Institute: Reconciling Expectations With Reality in a Transitioning Myanmar
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.