Insight Email

The Rise of Princelings

  • February 2, 2024
  • ISP Admin
This week focuses on the generational shift, "The Rise of Princelings" The emergence of young faces during the latest Kokang (MNDAA) and United Wa State Party (UWSP) meeting was significant There was a rarely seen female figure in the leadership Read more...

Naypyitawlogy - 3

  • January 23, 2024
  • ISP Admin
Under the overarching theme of “Naypyitawlogy,” ISP-Myanmar analyzed the nature of a closed dictatorship, drawing parallels to how international political experts assess developments in such Read more...

2023 Milestones

  • January 9, 2024
  • ISP Admin
In the transition to the new year of 2024, ISP-Myanmar will present this Insight Email as a ‘year-end special report’ rather than its regular format We will briefly look back at what happened in Myanmar in the domains of (1) politics, (2) the economy, (3) China–Myanmar relations, (4) the socio-economic situation, and (5) the climate Read more...

A Sustained Economic Decline in Myanmar

  • December 18, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Many economies of the world have recovered from their economic recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Myanmar is an exception By the accumulating adverse effects of the military coup in 2021, Myanmar remains the only economy in East Asia that has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels of economic Read more...

All Armed and on the Verge of Breakdown

  • November 28, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Once-renowned reporter,
A Htauk Taw U Ohn Myint, wrote a collection of articles on
the scenes of post-independence insurrection, entitled ‘All Armed and Leading to
Trouble’, and the great performance artist, the Great U Po Sein, acted in a drama with 
a similar

Operation 1027 and Its Consequences

  • November 14, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Recent news has been dominated by the Three Brotherhood Alliance’s (3BHA) ‘Operation 1027’ fighting in northern Shan State ISP-Myanmar plans to make a series of three OnPoint reports on the topic This week we discuss the contextual background of the 'Operation 1027' and its ‘signaling effects’ Read more...

A Flare-Up of War in Northern Shan State

  • October 30, 2023
  • ISP Admin
This week, ISP-Myanmar’s Insight Email focuses on three main topics: first, the resurgence of war in Northern Shan State, including in the Palaung area, second, the unproductive peace overture of the SAC chief, and third, the possible trend of humanitarian aid to Myanmar conflict-affected population in a new Read more...

A Few Good Men: The Military’s Succession Crisis

  • October 16, 2023
  • ISP Admin
In this week’s Insight Email No 25, ISP-Myanmar focuses on the incident of the Mung Lai Hkyet explosion and what the consequences could be In addition, it gives an analysis of “the Military’s Succession Crisis” and the widening generation gaps in military leadership Read more...


  • October 3, 2023
  • ISP Admin
There used to be talk of Kremlinology, Pyongyangology, and Pekingology, the study and speculation on politics and policy changes in closed societies, and now we have something we can call Read more...

Omnipresent: Illicit Drugs Everywhere

  • September 18, 2023
  • ISP Admin
The weather in Naypyitaw is gloomy with unpredictable clouds and rainfall For this week's insight email No 23, ISP-Myanmar focuses on developments relating to Naypyitaw The newsletter also highlights a growing substance abuse problem in Myanmar with illicit drugs easily accessible in most townships, as demonstrated by ISP-Myanmar's socio-economic Read more...