Thailand Update: Debate Continues, Uncertainty Looms

Protests Resume, Parliament Dissolved, Elections Scheduled It’s been a busy few weeks in Thailand. Since Tristan Thibodeaux’s December 7th post, opposition MPs have resigned en masse, protesters returned to the streets and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament and called for elections on February 2nd, a move later endorsed by King Bhumibol…

On the Ground in Yangon

No doubt about it: Myanmar is changing. I did not visit the country in 2012 so was forced to watch and assess the situation from afar last year. Now that I am on the ground in Yangon, I thought I’d reflect briefly on the present situation. Look for more first-hand observations in Cascade Asia’s reporting…

Bubble Economy in Myanmar?

The political and economic transformation of Myanmar is underway, yet as this story by Patrick Winn suggests, investors face numerous challenges. Winn, one of a handful of western journalists based in Southeast Asia, describes a real dilemma for those considering investment in Myanmar: While many inside the government and in private enterprise are welcoming foreign…