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THE NATION

May 13, 2017 01:00
By Jeremy Bird
Across the globe, hydropower is an emotive subject that results in strong ideological pro-dam and anti-dam positions.

This often results in the marginalisation of the middle ground, making it harder for informed and objective discussions to take place. And there are plenty of examples of individual projects that fuel this debate. That is why involvement in an initiative in Myanmar to assess the full dimensions of the benefits and impacts is to be encouraged – namely the Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) of Myanmar’s hydropower sector facilitated by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the government of Myanmar. At the same time, the framing of the SEA needs to be placed within the broader context of regional economic integration, such as China’s One Belt One Road policy initiative, regional trade in electricity and new institutional arrangements for dialogue on Lancang-Mekong cooperation.

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May 14, 2017 SAAG 0 Comment Burma, China, Economics, Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Hydropower, OBOR, Pakistan, South Asia, Trade
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By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

It is well known that three main objectives of the government of Myanmar led by Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi are ethnic reconciliation, economic development and constitutional changes. Of these, the first objective of ethnic reconciliation has the top most priority and dearly held by Suu Kyi in memory of her father Gen Aung San who was responsible in making a beginning for ethnic reconciliation with the Panglong Agreement in the year 1947.

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HIMAL

BY ROSS ADKIN

8 MAY 2017

The latest book on Tibet’s environmental degradation shows how any attempt to save the plateau’s ecosystem must come from within China.

(This is an essay from our March 2015 print quarterly ‘Labour and its discontents’. See more from the issue here.)

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