Skip to main content

Resource April 7, 2014

Meet the Journalist: Jason Motlagh in Burma

Author:
Media file: Kachin-burma-KIA.jpg
English

After years of isolation, Burma is experiencing a political thaw that has taken even jaded observers...

author #1 image author #2 image
Multiple Authors
Media file: img_6206_small.jpg
Ethnic Kachin villagers uprooted from their homes by nearby fighting warm themselves by a fire at a displaced persons camp in Myitkyina, Burma. Image by Jason Motlagh.
After years of isolation, Burma is experiencing a political thaw that has taken even jaded observers by surprise. Its military leaders have brokered cease-fires with ethnic rebel groups around the country and allowed civilians to play a greater role in the new government. Media and economic freedoms have been expanded and hundreds of prisoners released, among them Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy activist and Nobel laureate, now a member of parliament. In response, the United States has removed all sanctions and reinstated its ambassador to the country after a 22-year absence. An investment boom is underway. But peace and prosperity in the "New Burma" are not for all.

RELATED ISSUES

Governance

Issue

Governance

Governance
Trade

Issue

Trade

Trade
Religion

Issue

Religion

Religion
Conflict and Peace Building

Issue

Conflict and Peace Building

Conflict and Peace Building