Story of the Day, Obama’s Connection to Myanmar Edition

The New York Times reports: When President Obama lands in Yangon on Monday, he will be the first sitting American president to visit the country now known as Myanmar. But he will not be the first Obama to visit. The president’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, spent part of World War II in what was […]

Story of the Day, U.S.-Asean Relations Edition

Following my post yesterday about President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia visit this weekend, I wanted share another story on U.S. engagement with the region. The Wall Street Journal reports today that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “has ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review military ethics training in the wake of a series of […]

President Obama to Visit Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia

I wanted to point out a few stories ahead of President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia trip. Obama will be Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia from Saturday November 17 through Tuesday November 20. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok provides details on Obama’s itinerary: In Thailand, he will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years […]

Thein Sein in Thailand

Bloomberg says: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said her government was committed to seeing “concrete progress” in the development of the $8.6 billion Dawei port and industrial zone in neighboring Myanmar. Thailand and Myanmar agreed to hold ministerial-level meetings starting next month to push forward with the project, Yingluck told reporters in a joint briefing […]

Self Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Myanmar Gems and U.S. Sanctions

The story is here, and begins: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the U.S. will start easing some of its most rigorous economic restrictions on Myanmar following the country’s April 1 by-elections, which came amid continuing political reforms in the country. Does this mean Americans will soon be able to start legally buying […]

Political Ephemera from the Myanmar By-Election

For politics nerds only… Anasuya is back in Bangkok after covering the recent Myanmar elections. Imagine my joy, as someone who loves political ephemera, when she showed me the items pictured above. I may scan in a few of the documents later and share them here, but wanted I post this snapshot for now.

Self Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Myanmar and the Region’s Labor Market

The story is here, and begins: As Myanmar tallies the last votes from Sunday’s critical parliamentary by-elections, many business leaders are pondering the implications of the country’s recent run of political reforms. For many Southeast Asia-based companies, the big issue is whether migrant workers from the country also known as Burma decide to return home, […]

Myanmar’s Landmark Elections: Following the News

Just briefly: there are stories about Myanmar’s parliamentary by-elections today from Bloomberg, The WSJ, Reuters, The New York Times, and many more. The latest news, as the AP reports, is that Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party says she has won a parliamentary seat. Meanwhile, the Democratic Voice of Burma has a liveblog featuring text and […]

Notes from Sen. McCain’s remarks yesterday here in Bangkok

U.S. Senator John McCain was in Thailand yesterday ahead of a visit to assess the situation in Myanmar. He addressed the media yesterday evening, and I filed a story for ABC News Radio. But I also wanted to share some notes from his remarks that I posted on Twitter (@newley) a few hours ago. In […]