COVID-19 Is Just the Latest Setback in Myanmar’s Troubled Peace Process

Lawmakers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus at the parliament building in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, June 1, 2020 (AP photo by Aung Shine Oo).
Lawmakers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus at the parliament building in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, June 1, 2020 (AP photo by Aung Shine Oo).

In the early weeks of 2020, the signs pointed to progress in Myanmar’s convoluted effort to finally end 70 years of ethnic strife in its border areas. On Jan. 8, representatives from the government and the 10 ethnic armies that are party to a 2015 cease-fire deal convened in the capital, Naypyidaw, where they reached an eight-point agreement on the next steps to continue implementing that cease-fire. They also vowed to meet for a fourth national peace conference by the end of April, to build on three earlier summits held between 2016 and 2018. That fourth summit would have signaled […]

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