Myanmar at a Crossroads

KOFF Newsletter 142

From the editorial:

On 15 October, the heads of eight Burmese armed groups signed a ceasefire with the Myanmar Government. Although this agreement, which was signed after more than two years of intense negotiations, is historical, it is also an admission of defeat for President U Thein Sein, who wanted a nationwide ceasefire to be agreed with all armed ethnic groups before the general elections that are scheduled for 8 November. The elections also constitute a significant event for Myanmar as they mark a key stage in its political, social, and economic transition. They are also the first elections that can be classed as transparent and inclusive since the country gained its independence in 1948. If these two events, inextricably linked, seem set to permanently mark Myanmar’s future, they also give rise to great challenges.

This edition enables us to learn more about the main issues faced by the international community involved in this context and presents some of the actions undertaken by the Swiss administration and civil society to address these challenges.

DCAF’s Contribution to Police Reform in Myanmar, page 7.

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2015