While U Aung Min and his boss President Thein Sein are all out to pull through their earmarked, nationwide ceasefire this coming October, originally planned to be a ceremony witnessed by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon and perhaps other internationally known world figures, a report coming out from Myanmar Peace Monitor is showing a completely pessimistic findings and development regarding the internal armed conflicts, during the last four months.
The United States and Australia need to adopt a calibrated approach in extending military assistance to the new leadership in Myanmar. Without such a calculated framework, Washington’s efforts at building partner capacity will be much less effective.
When the history books on Myanmar are written a generation from now, will President Thein Sein’s political and economic reform era go down as the point when the West sold out or woke up? The president’s reform process is subject to a dual narrative – on the one side we have the gung ho players willing to embrace and take advantage of the changes and on the other we have the seemingly niggly critics trying to scream warning.
Sometimes when relatives or friends come to visit the children that live at Baanunurak Orphanage (also called Di Di Safe House) thirteen-year old Parama will watch the interactions with curious eyes. But in the end the experience always makes her sad, filling her eyes with tears.
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