About Me

Kyaw Hsan Hlaing, a political analyst from Burma, is the author of dozens of articles on political transitions, ethnic politics, and issues related to armed rebellions and the 2021 military coup in Burma. He contributed as a guest writer for the Pulitzer Centre, focusing on intensive armed conflict in western Burma during 2018-20.

He is also a recipient of awards at the 2021 Human Rights Press Awards and the 2021 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for the Foreign Correspondence from the Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ). Additionally, he was a finalist of the 2021 Society of Publisher in Asia (SOPA) awards for the Excellence in Opinion Writing. Currently, Kyaw Hsan Hlaing is an East-West Center-affiliated student in the Department of Asian Studies at University of Hawai'i, Manoa. kyawhsan at hawaii dot edu.

Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar politics must be re-made, not restored

The growing democracy movement needs to look beyond Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD, and listen closely to ethnic voices. On the morning of February 1, my hopes disappeared when I learned that the civilian government had been overthrown in a military coup. Growing up under army rule, I did not have access to quality education or healthcare, and couldn’t use the internet until 2014. Terrified of the military, my parents always warned me to stay away from politics or activism. Now, I don’t want the
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