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Burma’s Backward Steps

As its reforms stall, Burma is again drawing power from ? its military past. Is democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi fighting back hard enough?

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Backward Steps

As its political reforms stall, Burma is in danger of regressing. Is the democracy icon fighting back hard enough

Obama embraces Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Literally: But at a warm and cordial press conference with Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, President Obama also effectively embraced the popular opposition leader's right to run for president. Obama said the law that bars Suu Kyi from running "doesn't make much sense," implicitly urging Myanmar's authoritarian government to scrap the provision. Show More Summary

Obama’s journey through Burma’s strange, ‘ghost town’ capital

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NAYPYIDAW, Burma -- After attending two international summits and meeting leaders such as famed activist-turned politician Aung San Suu Kyi, President Obama took his motorcade through an empty city, passing water fountains -- even aShow More Summary

Obama meets Aung San Suu Kyi at home where she was kept under arrest

President Barack Obama gave a blunt assessment Friday of the need for further reform in Myanmar's move toward democracy, weighing into sensitive controversies over the treatment of religious minorities and a prohibition keeping opposition...Show More Summary

Obama’s journey through Burma’s strange, ‘ghost town’ capital

last weekNews : BlogPost

NAYPYIDAW, Burma -- After attending two international summits and meeting leaders such as famed activist-turned politician Aung San Suu Kyi, President Obama took his motorcade through an empty city, passing water fountains -- even a full-fledged water park -- lit up colorfully in the dark. He was on his way to visit the palace of Burmese President Thein Sein. […]

Burma Beheads a Journalist

He was a former bodyguard for Aung San Suu Kyi and a prominent freelance reporter. But despite Burma’s new reforms, the army killed him just like in the bad old days.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Silence on Burma’s Human Rights Abuses Is Appalling

The Nobel laureate's refusal to condemn documented atrocities suggests that political calculation has trumped human rights in her thinking

Aung San Suu Kyi and Kipling's Burma

One of the inevitable side effects of Burma's long struggle for democracy has been the demonisation, or canonisation, of its main political actors. This phenomenon has been reflected in countless articles in the media and on the webShow More Summary

Suu Kyi Hits the Road

Ignoring warnings from the authorities, Burma’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has taken to the road and travelled outside of Rangoon for the first time since she was released from house arrest late last year. If her attitudeShow More Summary

Quarter of a million people displaced in Myanmar's humanitarian crisis

Recent headlines on Myanmar have centred on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's stuttering media reforms, but the much graver reality that has been largely absent from news coverage was outlined earlier this month in a snapshot report...Show More Summary

Myanmar cabinet reshuffle: Preparing for elections

There has been much talk recently of the slowing of reform in Myanmar. Criticism of Myanmar's government has resurfaced over the refusal to allow constitutional changes that would permit Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, as well...Show More Summary

What Should Ordinary Leadership Look Like?

The 2014 election-year posturing forces me back to November, 2010, when a living parable walked into freedom after 15 years of house arrest. Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma/Myanmar's opposition leader, waved to her supporters and awakened our stagnant conscience. Suu Kyi ranks among the elite of real-life parables. Show More Summary

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi and the constitution

Myanmar's Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee recently voted down a bid to change Article 59(f) of Myanmar's 2008 Constitution, which prevents Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK) from running for president because of her 'allegiance to a foreign power' (she was married to a British citizen and her children are British citizens). Show More Summary

Will Aung San Suu Kyi be president? Odds are lengthening

A year ago, a Lowy Institute panel was asked whether Aung San Suu Kyi would become president of Burma (Myanmar). The question was also raised on The Interpreter. The answer on both occasions was that such an outcome was far from certain. Show More Summary

The Lady, the constitution and Myanmar's political manoeuvring

'If an (army) officer wants to engage in politics he should leave the military'. The statement by Aung San Suu Kyi last month was the strongest yet in the war of words in the lead-up to the country's 2015 elections. In mid-May 'the Lady', as she is known locally, and her supporters held mass rallies in Myanmar's two largest cities. Show More Summary

The Lady Rallies the Masses Once Again

Aung San Suu Kyi wants to change the Burmese constitution. But will the military really go along?

A Visit With Aung San Suu Kyi

The Aspen Institute, through its Global Alliance Program under Mickey Bergman, is co-sponsoring a delegation to Myanmar over nine days in late April and early May. The purpose of the trip is to foster social entrepreneurship to address...Show More Summary

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