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Challenges Lie Ahead for Burma/Myanmar Leadership

Burma/Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi poses for a portrait at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on December 8, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Drn /Getty Images)
Policy

Today marks a historic day in Burma/Myanmar but the country's leadership must be prepared to make structural changes.

Is This the Burmese Spring?

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Indonesia on November 18, 2011. (Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

When Hillary Clinton makes her historic visit to Burma in December, she needs to press and prod the government towards reform.

In Burma, Signs of Confrontation to Come

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) walks through a crowd of supporters and reporters as she arrives for celebrations of her 66th birthday at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on June 19, 2011. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

As Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to tour her country despite warnings from the hard-line government, a new confrontation may be brewing, says Asia Society Consultant Priscilla Clapp.

Video: Security a 'Major Concern' as Aung San Suu Kyi Plans Burma Tour

Burma/Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds a bouquet of flowers as she appears at the gate of her house after her release in Yangon (Rangoon) on November 13, 2010. The lakeside home had been her prison for most of the past two decades. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Priscilla Clapp, Asia Society Consultant and former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma, shares her thoughts on Suu Kyi's announcement and the prospects for real political change with the military junta still in power.

Video: 'Timing Seems Right' for US Special Envoy to Burma

Suzanne DiMaggio
Policy

Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs, reacts to reports that say the United States is preparing to name Derek Mitchell as the country's Special Envoy to Burma (Myanmar). 

Suu Kyi's Party Urges West to Keep Myanmar Sanctions

Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) smiles as she arrives at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 15, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Myanmar’s leading opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, and her party, Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), call for the continuation of Western sanctions against the country.

Photo of the Day

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People visit the Shwedagon Paya on December 05, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar.

Analysis: The Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) smiles as she arrives at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 15, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Two days after regaining freedom from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi, the charismatic leader of Burma/Myanmar's opposition, lost no time jumping back into politics. Her 15-year detention kept her on the political sidelines for the country's recent elections, but Suu Kyi addressed her supporters in defiant terms just minutes after her release.

But what does her release mean? Asia Society experts weigh in on what's next for the pro-democracy icon.

Aung San Suu Kyi is Free. Now What?

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves to supporters after her release from house arrest in Yangon November 13, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

After spending most of this decade and much of the 1990s locked up, Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest.

POLICY UPDATE: How Should the U.S. Respond to Burma’s Upcoming Elections?

Votes queue to collect their ballot papers during a demonstration of how to vote in Naypyidaw. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In advance of Burma’s elections on 7 November, the first in 20 years, the Asia Society has just released a Burma Task Force Report Update.