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Remembering Burma, and Suu Kyi, a Quarter-Century Later

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a gathering of supporters at her residential compound in Yangon, Burma on January 4, 1997. (David Van Der Veen/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Asia Society's Tom Nagorski reflects on a long-ago visit with Myanmar's indomitable opposition leader. "Even the greatest icons of dissent," he writes, "often face difficulties when the post-dissent life comes, with all its messy reality."

Sustaining Myanmar's Transition: Ten Critical Challenges

Rush hour traffic moves near by the Sule Pagoda at dusk December 14, 2011 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy

Myanmar's leaders face a range of challenges that will test their capacity and threaten the durability of the country's transition. Asia Society report launch event on Wednesday, June 26.

Aung San Suu Kyi for President in 2015?

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaking at the World Economic Forum on East Asia, where she declared her intention to run for president, at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw on June 6, 2013. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

If Aung San Suu Kyi succeeds in amending Myanmar's constitution so that she can run for president, she'll undoubtedly become the frontrunner in 2015. But she still could face stiff competition from current President Thein Sein, according to Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

White House Visit for Myanmar's Thein Sein Historic, and Earned

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Myanmar's President Thein Sein (R) after a meeting at the regional parliament building in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In a show of just how far Myanmar has come, President Thein Sein — the unlikeliest of reformers — is in Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

Video: What to Look for When Myanmar's Thein Sein Visits the White House

Policy

Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio says the meeting is an opportunity for both leaders to "further solidify the normalization process of U.S.-Myanmar relations."

Photos: In Legal Limbo, Myanmar Refugees in Thailand Eke Out a Living at Trash Dump

Three refugee children work together at the dump in Mae Sot, Thailand. The child on the left is just seven years old and recently received a pair of gumboots. (Jacques Maudy)
Multimedia

Photographer Jacques Maudy, who has photographed the heritage buildings of Yangon, Myanmar, recently crossed the border into Thailand to document the hardscrabble lives of Burmese refugees there.

Myanmar Rises to Challenge of Environmental Conservation

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River, January 2013. (Flickr/Francisco Anzola)
Policy

Growing environmental awareness in Myanmar is an encouraging development in one of the world's few remaining pristine ecosystems, says the former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy there.

Poll: Who Was Asia's Person of the Year in 2012?

Myanmar president Thein Sein (L) and legislator Aung San Suu Kyi (R) speaking at Asia Society events in 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi was last year's winner of our reader poll for Asia's Person of the Year — will her countryman take her spot this year? (Kenji Takigami/Joshua Roberts)

Asia Blog has compiled a list of 12 of the most newsworthy figures of 2012. It's your turn to vote on who you think had the most impact.

Revealed: The Asian 'Global Thinkers' Who Made Foreign Policy's Top 100 List for 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton (R) chats with Aung San Suu Kyi (C) and her assistant Tin Mar Aung (L) before the Myanmar parliamentarian spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2012. (Asia Society/Joshua Roberts)
Policy

In 2012, Asia Society hosted several of the global thinkers ranked on the latest annual Foreign Policy list.

Obama Takes a Crucial Step Toward Southeast Asia

L to R: U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, Ambassador David Carden, U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama at the ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 18, 2011. (Flickr/The White House)
Policy

President Barack Obama's visit to Southeast Asia, representing the first time a sitting American president has visited either Cambodia or Myanmar, is unprecedented in its timing and chosen itinerary.