Francis Wade

Francis Wade

Francis Wade is a freelance journalist and analyst covering Burma and Southeast Asia.

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Rallying behind an old enemy in Burma

EVER since the 9 October attacks on police outposts in Burma’s Rakhine State led to the deployment of security forces to the region, numerous reports have emerged of rapes, arson...

How to win friends in Burma

JUST before leaving office in March, President Thein Sein granted citizenship to 60,000 ethnic Chinese living in northern Shan State. The Mong Wong, who originally hail from Yunnan Province in...

Why we need to worry about Burma’s extremist Ma Ba Tha monks

One of the most concerning developments in any nascent democracy is the institutionalisation and mainstreaming of extremist ideologies. Countries undergoing political transitions are perhaps most susceptible to this, given that...