Commentaries by Derek Tonkin

Aung San Suu Kyi and Political Realities in Myanmar - 25 July 2015
As the 8 November elections approach, it is as well to be realistic about the options open to The Lady

The Oslo Conference on the Rohingyas, Suu Kyi's visit to China and her future examined
 
The grounds on which citizenship should be restored to Rakhine Muslims
 
The Power of the R-word: Daw Suu's dilemma - 3 January 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi has a difficult choice about how to designate Arakan Muslims

The Seductive Mystique of Sanctions - 29 November 2014

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee recommends a warning of sanctions

A Note on the 1872 British Census in Burma - 1 November 2014

The Census confirms the indigenous nature of Muslims in Arakan

What's in a name? More than might be supposed - 28 October 2014

'Bengali', 'Burma' and 'Myanmar' examined as loaded designations

Myanmar and the UN General Assembly: A Final Balance Sheet in 2014 - 2 October 2014
 
The UNGA may this year decide to wrap up more than twenty years of Resolutions

Scotland, Myanmar and constitutional change - 21 September 2014

An examination of David Cameron's concerns for constitutionality

The Mujahid Revolt in Arakan - 17 September 2014
Commentary on a 1952 analysis by the British Foreign Office of the Mujahid rebellion

The R-word and its ramifications: Democratic Voice of Burma - 17 August 2014

How the insistence on 'Rohingya' ethnicity has led Muslims to deny their Bengali roots
A response to U Kyaw Min who challenged my understanding of the 'Rohingya' issue.

The 'Rohingya' Identity - Further Thoughts: 19 April 2014
Further history on the identity of Muslim groups in Arakan and its relevance today

The 'Rohingya' Identity - The British Experience in Arakan 1826 - 1948 - 9 April 2014

A brief review of how the British coped with the Muslim issue in Arakan in their censuses

Whither Myanmar? A Speculative Assessment by Derek Tonkin - 29 March 2014

An analysis of the NLD's electoral prospects in 2015 and of Suu Kyi's aspirations

The Ritual of British Campaigning on Myanmar - The Myanmar Times, 5 February 2014
How the Burma Campaign UK influences the British political scene

The end of the honeymoon. What next in Myanmar? - Nikkei Asian Review 27 Jan 2014
The prospects for constitutional change when other problems require piority solution

Myanmar and South Africa: Comparisons are fortuitous, but instructive - 13 Dec 2013

The roles of Nelson Mandela and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in promoting change

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi - The Iconic Politician Faces Uncertain Times - 3 Dec 2013

An analysis of constitutional issues in the light of Suu Kyi's recent visit to Australia

Constitutional Change in Myanmar: The Western Interventionist Dilemma - 29 Oct 2013

Changes to the Constitution may not be quite so burning a priority as some suggest

Burma versus Myanmar: A Touch of Desperation - Mizzima, 18 October 2013
An examination of the reluctance by the US, UK and France to use the designation 'Myanmar'. A hyperlink version with related references is also available at this link.

The Death of Aung San in 1947 - An Important Clarification - 8 October 2013

The release of the full text of an official letter written in 1948 casts a fresh light on this event

'Rohingya' versus 'Bengali' - 29 August 2013

A commentary on a Section of the Final Report into Sectarian Violence

A Fresh Perspective on the Muslims of Myanmar - 7 July 2013
A re-examination of the problems facing Muslims in Myanmar, in an historical context

Anatomy of a Legend: The Sptifires which never were - 19 June 2013
Derek Tonkin on the Spitfire presentation at RAF Museum Hendon in June

Reflections on the World Economic Forum on East Asia - 10 June 2013
A not too serious analysis of matters discussed at the recent WEF in Nay Pyi Taw 

McKinsey Global Institute report on "Myanmar's Moment: - 31 May 2013
A commentary on certain points mainly of historical detail in the MGI report

Senator McConnell calls for lifting BFDA import sanctions - 23 May 2013

An exposure of the claim that these sanctions were instrumental in promoting reform

EU Sanctions against Myanmar 1988-2013: Rest in Peace - 26 April 2013
A review of the implications behind the termination of EU sanctions

Home Truths about those Sanctions - 2 April 2013
Article in Mizzima about the forthcoming EU review of policy on Burma/Myanmar
 
Comments on the nature of the Congress and the uncertain future of the NLD
 
Letter to the Director of the Asian Studies Center on US policy towards Myanmar
 
Article in 'The Myanmar Times'
 
Letter to Senior FCO Minister of State Baroness Warsi
 
Commentary forwarded to the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute 
Corruption Index: An exercise in futility - Derek Tonkin   

Derek Tonkin: A Note on the Origins of the "Rohingya"    
An article which appeared in the Democratic Voice of Burma  

An archived  series of commentaries by Derek Tonkin, Chairman of Network Myanmar and former British Ambassador to Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

Concluding Note No. 29 - 7 June 2012 
Farewell is Beautiful - Kolabomi Adeko

Note No. 28 - 16 May 2012
How "Fragile" is the State of Myanmar?

Note No. 27 - 6 May 2012
Myanmar sanctions: The US paddles its own canoe

Note No. 26 - 24 April 2012
Myanmar: An end to European sanctions

Note No. 25 - 12 April 2012
Human Rights: The Selective Approach

Note No. 24 - 6 April 2012
Myanmar: Whatever next?

Note No. 23 - 28 March 2012
Myanmar Elections: Into the Unknown

Note No. 22 - 23 March 2012
The Art of Self-Deception: The EU and Sanctions

Note No. 21 - 6 March 2012
Free and Fair Elections

Note No. 20 - 23 February 2012
Cyber warfare in the Doldrums

Note No. 19 - 16 February 2012
Myanmar: The end of sanctions in sight

Note No. 18 - 6 February 2012
Election Spring in Myanmar

Note No.17 - 24 January 2012
Constitutional Conundrums

Note No.16 - 14 January 2012
Never irreversible, but moving in the right direction

Note No. 15 - 7 January 2012
Moving the Goalposts

Note No. 14 - 31 December 2011
Outlook for 2012 - Generally bright, but changeable, with occasional squalls

Note No. 13 - 16 December 2011
William Hague's visit to Myanmar: A Brief for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Note No.12 - 3 December 2011
Promoting US Interests in Asia: The Clinton Visit to Myanmar

Note No.11 - 28 November 2011
Mythology in Myanmar

Note No. 10 - 18 November 2011
Message to Obama: Reform will fail unless the economy is resuscitated

Note No.9 - 9 November 2011
The Politics of Compromise

Note No.8 - 22 October 2011
Burmese Mythology

Note No.7 - 14 October 2011
Political Prisoners and Political Correctness

Note No.6 - 7 October 2011
Realpolitik triumphs in Myanmar, but not in the UK

Note No.5 - 25 September 2011
"What is to be done?" - Lenin 1902

Note No.4 - 16 September 2011
The more things change, the more they don't stay the same

Note No.3 - 8 September 2011
Wikileaks - "An yll wynde that blowth no man to good, men say."

Note No.2 - 26 August 2011
UN Special Rapporteur Quintana takes a proactive approach

Note No.1 - 22 August 2011
Meeting between President U Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi


Burmese Perspectives


"Burmese Perspectives" was a series of occasional commentaries which have now been replaced by "Myanmar Briefing Notes" recorded above.


29 July 2011
"Lawyers have the authority to persuade States to take action"

5 July 2011
Home Truths about Myanmar

15 June 2011
Waiting for Godot in Myanmar

20 May 2011
Flights of Fancy

2 May 2011
Mixed Messages from Myanmar

8 April 2011
Myanmar in Transition

14 March 2011
The Annual Follies on Burma/Myanmar

23 February 2011
Lost in Translation

11 February 2011
Suu Kyi is fighting, but for how long?

25 January 2011
The Perils of the Web

6 January 2011
Pause for Thought

18 December 2010
Myanmar after the elections

23 November 2010
Myanmar changes course, unnoticed

11 November 2010
Myanmar: What follows now?

4 November 2010
Into the Unknown                


28 October 2010

Countdown to the Myanmar Elections

   

14 October 2010

Notions of Disgrace

   

2 October 2010

A brief political guide to the elections in Myanmar

    

22 September 2010

Dissolution of the National League for Democracy

      

13 September 2010

The launching of the Battleship Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

    

5 September 2010

The UN and Commissions of Inquiry

A version in Burmese

     

21 August 2010

Turf wars at home and abroad

   

5 August 2010

Nuclear Elections

   

12 July 2010

Websites in Cobwebs

    

28 June 2010

All over bar the shouting?

    

7 June 2010

Nuclear Fantasies

   

15 May 2010

The Story of the 1990 Elections

   

2 May 2010

Election Special: The Day of Destiny approaches

     

11 April 2010

Things are never quite what they seem

   

31 March 2010

Into the political wilderness

      

17 March 2010

A Child's Guide to the election laws of Myanmar

     

5 March 2010

"Targeted Financial Sanctions" - Panacea or Illusion?

   

23 February 2010

The Waiting Game

     

2 February 2010

The Notification of Stated Reasons and the Pakokku Eight

         

18 January 2010

"Man proposes, but God disposes"

          

1 January 2010

Myanmar in 2010

   

15 December 2009

Christmas Charity

   

22 November 2009

Europe in Turmoil

    

8 November 2009

Too many cooks spoil the broth

   

24 October 2009

"Modest Inconveniences"

  

10 October 2009

Sanctions against Myanmar: Who really suffers?

   

1 October 2009

US-Burmese Relations: "Conditionality" reigns

   

20 September 2009

Reporting the Reality

      

5 September 2009

Cranking up for the elections as the EU cracks up

   

20 August 2009

The National League for Democracy "clarifies" its position on sanctions

   

15 August 2009

Whither Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy?

             

12 August 2009

Political Theatre

   

8 August 2009

The Martyrdom of Aung San Suu Kyi

   

29 July 2009

Hillary Clinton and Myanmar

   

11 July 2009

Ban Ki-moon's Visit to Myanmar: a Catalyst for Policy Change?

 

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