Burma

The Pitfalls of Economic Counterinsurgency Strategies in Myanmar

The Pitfalls of Economic Counterinsurgency Strategies in Myanmar

The idea of pacifying ‘unruly areas’ with spoils of economic development has increasingly shaped military counterinsurgency campaigns world-wide. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military has attempted to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of the local populace with humanitarian and development programs in order to undermine support for insurgency. Other campaigns aim at corrupting individual […]

Telecom Investments Threaten Privacy Rights in Burma

Telecom Investments Threaten Privacy Rights in Burma

The World Bank may be dangling the prospect of affordable cell phones in Burma at the expense of freedom of expression and privacy rights. Foreign investment in Burma’s underdeveloped telecommunications sector is about to boom – as of this week, Qatar’s Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor have received licenses to develop Burma’s networks. To support growing […]

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