South Asia and Beyond

Myanmar Security Council Statement Prompts Speculation Military Rule Will Be Extended

Myanmar’s top defense and security body has said it discussed the “extraordinary situation” that continues to exist in Myanmar, prompting speculation that it will exercise its power to extend the period of military rule, which technically expired on Tuesday. A statement said the military-dominated National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) meeting was held on Tuesday […]Read More

Junta Watch: Pro-military Parties Line Up for Sham Election; Death Stains Dictator’s Military Parade; And More

Parties meet to help Min Aung Hlaing realize presidency dream The military’s proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) met with 37 other political parties that attended the junta-organized Independence Day parade in Naypyitaw on Wednesday. The informal meeting followed junta chief Min Aung Hlaing’s announcement that his regime is determined to hold a so-called […]Read More

India Urged To Back ASEAN Peace Plan For Myanmar

Indonesia, the incoming chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), says other countries including India must get behind the bloc’s peace effort for Myanmar, which has been engulfed by violence since a coup last year. Retno Marsudi, Indonesia’s foreign minister, urged other regional powers to support ASEAN’s “five-point consensus” for peace, which includes […]Read More