TNI-BCN Burma Project: Publications

Publications produced by and related to the TNI-BCN Burma Project

  • TNI-BCN Burma Policy Briefings

A Changing Ethnic Landscape: Analysis of Burma's 2010 Polls
Burma Policy Briefing No.4, December 2010

Unlevel Playing Field: Burma's Election Landscape
Burma Policy Briefing No.3, October 2010

Burma's 2010 Elections: Challenges and Opportunities
Burma Policy Briefing No.2, June 2010

Burma in 2010: A Critical Year in Ethnic Politics
Burma Policy Briefing No.1, June 2010

  • Other TNI and BCN publications on Burma

Burma’s Cease-fires at Risk; Consequences of the Kokang Crisis for Peace and Democracy
Tom Kramer, TNI, September 2009

In August the Burma army occupied the Kokang region after several days of fighting, ending two decades of cease-fire with the ethnic minority group. The resumption of fighting in northern Burma raises speculation about the other cease-fires. Tensions are rising and the cease-fire groups have put their armed forces on high alert.

Neither War nor Peace; The Future of the Cease-fire Agreements in Burma
Tom Kramer, TNI, July 2009

Whilst a twenty year ceasefire still holds, there is unlikely to be peace and democracy in Burma without a political settlement that addresses ethnic minority needs and goals.

From Golden Triangle to Rubber Belt? The Future of the Opium Bans in the Kokang and Wa Regions
Tom Kramer, TNI Drug Policy Briefing No.29, July 2009

In the Kokang and Wa regions in northern Burma opium bans have ended poppy cultivation, but have caused chronic poverty and food insecurity as a result.

Withdrawal Symptoms in the Golden Triangle; A Drugs Market in Disarray
Tom Kramer, Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman, TNI, January 2009

Drug control agencies have called the significant decline in opium production in Southeast Asia over the past decade a 'success story'. This casts serious doubts on this claim noting that Southeast Asia suffers from a variety of 'withdrawal symptoms' that leave little reason for optimism.

Withdrawal Symptoms; Changes in the Southeast Asian drugs market
TNI Drugs & Conflict Debate Papers No.16, August 2008

This TNI briefing aims at contributing to a better understanding of current market dynamics in Southeast Asia, essential for designing more effective and sustainable policy responses consistent with human rights and harm reduction principles.

HIV/AIDS and Drug Use in Burma/Myanmar
TNI/BCN Drug Policy Briefing No.17, May 2006

The increasing number of injecting drug users (IDUs) and the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Burma presents one of the most serious health threats to the population in the country, and also to the region at large. Infection rates among IDUs in Burma are among the highest in the world. The international community needs to make a firm commitment to stem the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Burma and should ensure sufficient and long-term financial support for HIV/AIDS and harm reduction programmes.

Trouble in the Triangle; Opium and Conflict in Burma
Edited by Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer, Pietje Vervest, Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, July 2005

A collection of ten papers that analyse the relationship between drugs and conflict in Burma and the consequences of the Burmese illicit drugs economy for neighbouring countries.

Downward Spiral; Banning Opium in Afghanistan and Burma
TNI Drugs & Conflict Debate Paper No.12, June 2005

Opium farmers in Afghanistan and Burma are coming under huge pressure as local authorities implement bans on the cultivation of poppy.

Drugs and Conflict in Burma (Myanmar), Dilemmas for Policy Responses
TNI Drugs & Conflict Debate Paper No.9, December 2003

Burma is on the brink of yet another humanitarian crisis. In the Kokang region, an opium ban was enforced last year, and by mid-2005 no more poppy growing will be allowed in the Wa region. Banning opium from these regions in Shan State adds another chapter to the long and dramatic history of drugs, conflict and human suffering in the country.

Strengthening Civil Society in Burma; Possibilities and Dilemmas for International NGOs
Edited by BCN and TNI, Silkworm Books, Chiangmai, 1999

What role has civil society played in the history of Burma? Is civil society reemerging in today's Burma? How can the international community develop strategies to strengthen the existing institutions that are essential to the growth of pluralism and democracy? What role should international NGOs play in this process? This collection addresses these issues by bringing together the research and insights of four experts in the field.

Burma Behind the Mask
Edited by Jan Donkers and Minka Nijhuis, Burma Center Netherlands