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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)
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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

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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."

Photo of the Day: Verdant Striped Fields in Myanmar

Fluffy clouds float over lush green fields in Kalaw, Myanmar on March 27, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)
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Fluffy clouds float over lush green fields in Kalaw, Myanmar on March 27, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)

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)
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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.

To Be 'All In' on Asia, US Must Manage Crises and Leverage New Opportunities

Thomas Donilon, National Security Advisor to President Obama, speaks at Asia Society in New York on March 11, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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With confirmation that the United States is serious about its "rebalancing toward Asia," Matt Stumpf offers ideas on how to craft a positive vision for U.S. relations in the region.

Donilon: US Not 'Containing China' or Dictating Terms With Asia Rebalance

United States National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon at Asia Society New York on March 11, 2013. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
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Highlights from National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon's appearance at Asia Society in New York on Monday, March 11, 2013.

Myanmar Rises to Challenge of Environmental Conservation

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

Photo of the Day: Greetings from Inle Lake in Myanmar

A fisherman waves from the water at Inle Lake in Myanmar on Febryary 23, 2013. (kudumomo/Flickr)
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A fisherman waves from the water at Inle Lake in Myanmar on Febryary 23, 2013. (kudumomo/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: A Holy Queue in Myanmar

Monks of Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery stand in line in Bago, Myanmar on February 19, 2013. (hans a rosbach/Flickr)
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Monks of Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery stand in line in Bago, Myanmar on February 19, 2013. (hans a rosbach/Flickr)

Economic Reform in Myanmar: The Long Road Ahead

Myanmar farmers collect paddy seedlings from flooded fields to replant in Ayeyawaddy Division, outside Yangon, in August 2012. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/GettyImages)
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Despite some promising reforms, economic conditions remain dire for the majority of people in Myanmar, cautions Asia Society Senior Advisor Sean Turnell.