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Myanmar Mandalay Temple Kutho Daw Pagoda; Source: DANIEL JULIE via Wikipedia

Is Myanmar a new El Dorado for foreign investors?

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) moved from a 50-year-long military regime to budding civilian rule in 2011. The political transformation has initiated social and market reforms and has piqued foreign investors’ interest in one of the last Asian frontier markets to open. Having moved from being one of the richest countries in Asia before World War II to one of […]

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Is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank more of the same?

The Asian infrastructure market and the new investment vehicle, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), present a potentially highly attractive opportunity for investors. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated that Asia needs to invest $8 trillion in national – and $290 billion in regional – infrastructure before 2020 to sustain its growth trajectory. Ambitious […]

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Why Thai political unrest is not just more of the same

Political unrest surrounding the recent elections in Thailand casts a shadow on the future of the economy, which has already experienced contractions. Continued political discord will make Thailand a less and less attractive destination for foreign capital. The Thai general elections took place on February 2, 2014. Voting is divided into eight electoral areas, each […]

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Myanmar President Thein Sein

Growth in Myanmar undermined by rising inflation

McKinsey estimates that Myanmar’s GDP could quadruple in size to over $200 billion in the next 20 years. But inflation may derail the prospect of growth and progress. Myanmar’s political and economic liberalization has normalized diplomatic relations for the previously isolated country and significantly improved its economic outlook. Real GDP growth reached 7.3% in the […]

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Myanmar President Thein Sein

Is 60 years of civil war coming to an end in Myanmar?

Myanmar President Thein Sein aims to silence the guns of the civil war that devastates the country’s economic potential. However, until the military is under government control, such hopes seem far-fetched. Myanmar holds the unfortunate record of being home to the world’s longest lasting civil war. Involving many ethnic and political rebel groups, it erupted […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Amid Myanmar’s Reforms, Unresolved Issues Remain

Myanmar has had an exceptionally troublesome past. Over the years, ethnic turbulence and an oppressive military junta have created diplomatic, humanitarian, and economic turmoil, causing the country to be labeled a black sheep in the region. But all of this seemed to be swept away rather quickly and easily when President Thein Sein began pursuing […]

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Chinese Lessons for the Golden Triangle’s Gold Rush

The United States has shifted its policy toward Myanmar over the past two years, taking a number of steps to ease existing sanctions in an effort to promote democracy and economic reform. These reforms, including a new foreign investment law and an easing of rules for incorporating foreign companies, have drawn increased interest in Myanmar […]

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Energy Demand Pulls China into Regional Security Disputes

With the recent completion of a major oil pipeline from Myanmar to China—and with oil deliveries set to begin in July—it is important for observers to take stock of the China-Myanmar energy relationship, and with it, China’s engagement with mainland Asia. China’s energy demand is only set to rise in the coming decades, and, with naval […]

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U.S. Should Hedge China-Myanmar Relationship

Policy Issue Myanmar, located at the crossroads of East, South and Southeast Asia and between the world’s two most populated countries, is of clear geostrategic significance. The rise of China has only made Myanmar more vital. China and Myanmar have a longstanding relationship, with the PRC having recognized and assisted the pariah state while the […]

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Risky Business: Great Power or Greater Responsibility in Myanmar’s Gold Rush?

In the past year Myanmar has moved to the center of the frontier markets’ map for investors keen on a “first mover advantage”. However, increasingly lost amidst the hype is the recognition that with “first mover advantage” comes “first mover risk.”

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