Myanmar’s Peace Process: A Nationwide Ceasefire Remains Elusive

TitleMyanmar’s Peace Process: A Nationwide Ceasefire Remains Elusive
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
Subtitle / Series TitleCrisis Group Asia Briefing N°146
InstitutionInternational Crisis Group

After more than six decades of internal armed conflict, the next four weeks could be decisive for Myanmar’s peace process. The process, which was launched in August 2011, enjoyed significant initial success, as bilateral ceasefires were agreed with more than a dozen ethnic armed groups. But signing a nationwide ceasefire and proceeding to the political dialogue phase has been much more difficult. Four years on, with campaigning for the November elections already underway, a deal remains elusive. It is unclear whether a breakthrough can be achieved before the elections. Outside pressure will not be productive, but the progress to date needs to be locked in, and public international commitments to support the integrity of the process and stand with the groups that sign can now be of critical importance.