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Just How Deep Do Myanmar's Changes Run?

Aung San Suu Kyi (C) registers to run as a candidate in upcoming by-elections at the Thanlyin township election commission office on the outskirts of Yangon on Jan. 18, 2012. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Despite a stunning series of developments in recent weeks, some informed Burma watchers are counseling skepticism.

DiMaggio: U.S. Myanmar Changes 'Right Move at the Right Time'

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) poses recently at her offices in Yangon with Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio (R) and Asia Society Senior Advisor Priscilla Clapp.
Policy

The United States has shown the government of Myanmar that it is ready to react quickly to concrete reforms, writes Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

Desai: Myanmar Changes 'a Welcome Sign'

Myanmar political prisoner Kyaw Min Yu (C), known as Jimmy, and his wife Ni Lar Thein (L) holding her child, both members of the 88 Generation student group, celebrate upon their arrival at Yangon international airport following their release from detention on January 13, 2012. Myanmar pardoned prominent dissidents, journalists and a former premier on January 13 under a major prisoner amnesty, intensifying a surprising series of reforms by the army-backed regime. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai reacts to a historic day of change in Myanmar.

Video: Rudd Sees 'Real Constituency for Change' in Burma

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at Asia Society in New York on January 13, 2012. (Asia Society/Bill Swersey)
Policy

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says "until we have evidence that it's going to slide in the other direction" foreign nations need to open up to Burma.

Video: Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma 'on the Verge of a Breakthrough to Democracy'

Aung San Suu Kyi. (Drn/Getty Images)
Policy

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Global Vision Award at the Asia Society Awards Dinner earlier this evening at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Unable to leave Burma, Daw Aung accepted the award via a recorded video message, which you can watch below.

Lintner: Here's Why 2011 Will Not be Seen as the 'Year of Change' in Burma

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) meets with with Burmese President Thein Sein at the Office of the President in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, on Dec. 1, 2011. (Flickr/U.S. Department of State)
Policy

Following a fraudulent referendum on a new constitution in May 2008, and a blatantly rigged election in November 2010, Burma/Myanmar's new president, Thein Sein, has taken some surprising and, for many, unexpected steps.

2011: Five Big China Stories (That Didn't Happen in China)

What do riots in London mean to leaders in Beijing? (Flickr/rorymizen)
Policy

It is crucial not to overlook things that happen elsewhere that change the state of play within Chinese political life, writes Jeffrey Wasserstrom.

Photos: Notable Names on Hand for Asia Society's Screening with Michelle Yeoh

L to R: Wendi Murdoch, Michelle Yeoh and Amy Chua, author of
Arts

In pictures: artists, auteurs and other notables turn out for Asia Society's screening of The Lady starring Michelle Yeoh.

Photos: Michelle Yeoh Transforms Into Aung San Suu Kyi, 'The Lady'

Michelle Yeoh stars as Aung San Suu Kyi in
Arts

Photos from Michelle Yeoh's new movie, The Lady, show her striking resemblance to the icon she plays, Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Michelle Yeoh is 'The Lady': Actress Brings Aung San Suu Kyi’s Story to Screen

Michelle Yeoh stars as Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson's The Lady (2011). (Cohen Media Group)
Arts

It is hard to think of anyone more suited than Michelle Yeoh to portray Aung San Suu Kyi — not only because Yeoh has a track record of playing female figures who embody great strength, but also because she and Suu Kyi share a startling physical resemblance.