There’s currently no end in sight to the growing civil unrest that has gripped Myanmar since its military coup on Feb. 1. As protests grow by the day, Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, has turned to lethal violence to quell demonstrations.
Myanmar security forces’ deadly crackdowns on demonstrators protesting a military coup are raising alarm in the West. How the United States responds to calls for action on Myanmar is a test of President Biden's foreign policy team.
The military’s killing of at least 18 protesters on Sunday in Myanmar has increased pressure on foreign governments to use their influence to push for the release of the country's elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, from detention, and restore some measure of democratic rule.
The military of Myanmar has overthrown the elected government, imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and issued ominous warnings to the country’s citizens to stop protesting the coup. How did the country get to this point?
As the nuclear weapon states face increasing international pressure to make new progress on disarmament, signing and ratifying a treaty for a nuclear free zone in the Asia-Pacific should be a top priority.
James L. Schoff is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese technology innovation, and regional trade and security dynamics.
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