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Analyses, Perspectives and Opinions

RLS Southeast Asia regularly publishes political analyses and working papers on current and relevant topics from the Mekong Region. Together with our partners, we shed light on different opinions and introduce perspectives on pressing social and ecological questions and challenges. The publications are categorized according to topics and countries and can be selected using the links below.

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 Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam

Corona Crisis in the Mekong: From Extractive Imperialism to a New Bloom

 

This paper provides an introduction to the initial impacts of the corona crisis on some the most vulnerable populations across the Mekong at the end of its first year. Part one highlights uneven fortunes of different social class fractions, from low paid workers in export-oriented industries to those participating in informal economies, immigrant workers and displaced persons. These fortunes are contrasted with those of salaried workers, big firms, and investors in financial markets.

 

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 Myanmar, Political Analysis

Myanmar’s Election Under the Threat of Right-Wing Populism

The fledgling democracy remains caught between ethnic tensions, military influence, and deep civil mistrust

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 Cambodia, Labour, Myanmar

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Value Extraction from the Mekong: A Case study on the Control and Exploitation of Land and Labor in Cambodia and Myanmar SEZs

The study shows that SEZs in Greater Mekong Sub-region have played an important role in regional integration and economic development, however, they have been developed with limited transparency and locals are not involved in the planning process.

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 Myanmar, Political Analysis

Myanmar on track to democracy?

Despite the democracy movement’s electoral success, questions about the country’s development remain.

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 Myanmar, Political Analysis, Social-ecological transformation

[German only] Constitutional Reforms in Myanmar - A Country at the Beginning of a Transformation Process

In his working paper in German language, the author Christian Landenberger is summarizing the recent changes of Myanmar’s constitution since the beginning of the transformation process. He is aiming to evaluate the changes and he provides prospects for the future of Myanmar.

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 Myanmar, Social-ecological transformation

Myanmar’s Socio-Ecological Challenges

In his essay, the author Salai Thawng Tha Lian outlines recent challenges that Myanmar is facing in terms of environmental protection and related social aspects.

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 Myanmar, Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

[Burmese only] Partner Meeting 2014: Talking about Social Justice, Socio-Ecological Transformation and Participatory Politics

The Partner Meeting 2014 took place between the 28th -31st of July 2014 in Da Lat, Lam Dong province. Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA) invited 66 participants, including some potential future partners.

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 Myanmar, Social-ecological transformation

Rethinking transformation: Comparative perspectives from the Global South

To discuss and exchange about alternatives to development and to share the transformation experiences from other countries of the Global South, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA) and the Local Resource Centre Myanmar (LRC) jointly organized a conference in Yangon and Mandalay on 27th – 28th May resp. 29th May 2014.

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 Myanmar, Political Analysis

[German only] Freedom of the press in Myanmar - Developments since the 2012 by-elections

In her synopsis in the German language Lena-Marie Hentschel summarizes developments oin terms of “Freedom of the press in Myanmar - Developments since the 2012 by-elections”.

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