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Photos: Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton Address Asia Society in D.C.

Myanmar parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi (R) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embrace during an Asia Society event at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2012. (Asia Society/Joshua Roberts)
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Myanmar democracy icon and parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi spoke Tuesday at an Asia Society event at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., the initial public stop on her landmark first visit to the United States in more than 40 years.

Expert: Myanmar's Parliament Taking on 'Expansive Role' in Reform

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) meets 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)
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Asia Society’s Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio discusses who is leading Myanmar’s reform process, the role of U.S. sanctions, and the challenges ahead.

What You Need to Know About Myanmar's Upcoming Elections

A Burmese worker hangs up freshly silkscreened National League for Democracy party (NLD) tshirt ahead of the parliamentary elections March 26, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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"The world will be watching to see if the shift toward democracy in Myanmar is real," writes Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

India and the United States: Whither Democracies?

Samajwadi Party leader and designate chief minister for Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav leaves parliament after the opening of the budget session in New Delhi on March 12, 2012. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Unfolding events in India and the U.S. suggest there's actually hope for the democratic process, argues Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.

Interview: Peter Popham on Profiling Aung San Suu Kyi, 'Warts and All'

Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi greets her supporters wearing a traditional costume as she leaves after her speech in Lashio, the northern Shan state, on March 17, 2012. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
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Journalist Peter Popham will discuss his new book The Lady and the Peacock, a major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, at Asia Society New York on March 28. Click the headline to read our interview.

The Key to Myanmar's Development Could Be Its Diaspora

Myanmar academic Aung Naing Oo (C), who fled a brutal crackdown on student protests over two decades ago, is greeted by relatives upon his return to his homeland at Yangon International Airport on February 10, 2012. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
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While the media focuses on the role of global development institutions, a number of experts are urging Myanmar’s government to reach out to its nationals abroad, writes Andrew Billo.

6 Things the US Should Do to Spur Change in Myanmar

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Yangon, Myanmar, December 1, 2011. (Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)
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Asia Society is releasing a new report today — Advancing Myanmar's Transition: A Way Forward for U.S. Policy — co-authored by Suzanne DiMaggio and Priscilla Clapp, formerly the Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma.

Interview: Perry Link, on the New Book From Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo [UPDATED]

A portion of the cover of Liu Xiaobo's new book 'No Enemies, No Hatred.'
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Asia Blog speaks with one of the editors of No Enemies, No Hatred, a collection of writings by Liu, the Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped author the Charter 08 pro-democracy manifesto.

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

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

Video: In New York, Asian Leaders Link Economic and Social Development to Democracy

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In the past, when talking about development issues, political leaders have generally referred to socio-economic development and democracy as separate issues. This week at Asia Society, however, leaders from Asian countries with very different historical backgrounds and political, social and economic systems spoke of freedom, justice, accountability and respect for human rights as being essentially linked to democracy.