Author Archives: Con Trau

About Con Trau

I'm a young, academic professional trying to find a niche in Southeast Asian foreign policy, specifically in relation to Vietnam and Burma.

Sri Lanka’s Political Faltering and Entrenched Ethnic Divisions

September 9, 2011 Brookline, MA After more than a quarter century of violence and ethnic division, the world had cause to hope that Sri Lanka’s May 2009 military victory over the rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, would … Continue reading

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China’s Problems

Washington, DC, July 28, 2011 This week has revealed a host of internal and international problems confronting China. While the list is nothing new, the fact that they have all come to a head at once indicates mutually reinforcing crises … Continue reading

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The Lady’s Last Act? Aung San Suu Kyi’s Influence May Be on the Wane

July 14, 2011 Washington, DC Last week, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the disbanded National League for Democracy, traveled to Bagan amidst widespread speculation of military violence.  Suu Kyi’s NLD won the previous 1990 elections, but the … Continue reading

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Emerging State-Society Relations in Burma: A Chance for Reform?

June 27, 2011 Washington, DC In November of 2010 Burma’s long-ruling military junta held the first multiparty elections in two decades.  The previous elections in 1990 witnessed a roughly two-thirds vote in favor of the National League for Democracy (NLD), … Continue reading

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2010 in Review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas! (in Viet Nam Fashion)

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Wikileaks, Lady Gaga, and Kim Jong Il

  Brookline, MA The past week has seen much speculation about the significance of Wikileaks’ 250,000 leaked diplomatic cables, most of which are still to come. When Private Bradley Manning shared the secret of his “Lady Gaga” CDRW with a … Continue reading

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