Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS)

The Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS) is a non-governmental, non-partisan “think-and-do-tank” providing principal stakeholders with the insight needed to navigate the opportunities and challenges of the ongoing peace and security transition in Myanmar.

Our primary areas of focus include:

  1. Federalism and Constitutional Reform
  2. Security Dialogue in the Peace Process
  3. Conflict Monitoring and Analysis
  4. Peacebuilding and Development


In our vision, MIPS operates as an independent, non-partisan, national-led, policy research organization that enjoys the confidence of the country’s peace and security stakeholders in the process of facilitating policy-making and implementation related to the peace and security transition in Myanmar.



To achieve a peaceful transition to a democratic and federal union.



The overall objective of MIPS is to support the peace process and the security sector transformation in a manner that conforms to democratic norms, consolidates the peace process, and fosters national reconciliation among the country’s numerous ethnic and political groups.


How We Operate

MIPS operates on the basis of four broad principles:

First, MIPS functions as an independent professional platform;

Second, the work of MIPS is practical and problem-driven in orientation, rather than academic, in order to ensure that its outputs (both research and policy advice) are accessible to all engaged in Myanmar’s peace and security transformation;

Third, MIPS adopts an inclusive approach. It seeks to engage with the full range of relevant stakeholders and narrow the current gap among civilians, the military, and EAOs by bringing all sides together in a pragmatic and rigorous policy debate about peace and security matters; and

Fourth, MIPS maintains a focus on learning by doing. Rather than out-sourcing activities to external experts, we carry out as much work as possible in-house (with external mentoring as necessary) and draw on experience from other countries to stimulate consideration of alternative security and justice arrangements that might better serve the people of Myanmar.

Selected media mentions

Myanmar Military Launches Body For Talks With Ethnic Armies as Vote Count Goes On - Radio Free Asia

Myanmar Military Sets up New Committee for Peace Talks - The Irrawaddy

Van alle mooie beloftes is niets over in Myanmar, vijf jaar na de eerste vrije verkiezingen -

Aung San Suu Kyi set to win second term as Myanmar votes - The Bharat Express News               

Public spat before Myanmar polls underlines military-civilian tussle - The Straits Times   

Over 1.5M Myanmar minority voters de-franchised; triggers outrage - The Siasat Daily

Vote cancellations trigger outrage among Myanmar minority voters - Al Jazeera English

UEC reviews cancellation of upcoming election in some regions - Eleven Myanmar          

Myanmar Electoral Body Condemned for Choice of No-Voting Areas - The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Army Extends Unilateral Nationwide Truce, Excluding Rakhine State - The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Heads Into Next Round of Peace Talks Amid Criticism, Indecision - Radio Free Asia

Government Excludes Rebel Arakan Army From Myanmar Peace Conference - Radio Free Asia

$1.5 billion received from ponzi scheme,’ China funding Myanmar terror group by defrauding its own people? - TFIPost

Myanmar Alleges 'One Foreign Country' (China) Arming Insurgent Groups On Its Territory - Indian Defence News           

Local Officials Resign En Masse in Myanmar's Conflict-Torn Rakhine State - The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Army Rejects Cease-fire Proposal From Arakan Army And Allies - Radio Free Asia        

Suu Kyi’s Backing for Myanmar Military in Rakhine State Conflict Draws Criticism - The Irrawaddy

En Birmanie, les minorités piégées entre l’armée et le coronavirus -

Fighting Rages as Myanmar’s Rakhine Braces For Fallout From Terrorist Designation - Radio Free Asia

Myanmar govt seeks resumption of ceasefire meeting in March - The Myanmar Times

KNU Denies Targeting Myanmar Military Officer Killed in Mine Blast - The Irrawaddy

Xi says China never sells weapons to Myanmar armed groups - The Myanmar Times

Meeting the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Myanmar - Union Daily Newspaper           

Sparking change through research -

Shan youth look for a post-election government to tackle chronic lack of development - Burma News International

Myanmar Peace Architecture and Structures need Technical Expertise: Annual Peace and Security Review 2019-20 - Mizzima News  

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Myanmar’s Armed Forces Soldier on - The Diplomat Magazine

Myanmar’s India Balancing Act - The Diplomat Magazine

Alexander Soros in Myanmar a week before Xi's visit - Eleven Myanmar               

With eyes on Indian Ocean, Chinese president Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar - Hindustan Times     

Xi’s Upcoming Visit to Myanmar Could Reshape the Indian Ocean Region - The Diplomat Magazine

UEC accused by local monitors of a huge mistake in depriving 225,000 Rakhine citizens of their voting rights in Arakan State - Burma News International           


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Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security
No.(193), Yeik Thar (1) Street,
Waizayantar Garden Residence,
Thingangyun Township, Yangon, Myanmar


Contact info

Dr Min Zaw Oo
Executive Director

Additional contacts

General contact

[email protected]