Wrapping up a two-day "assessment" trip to Burma/Myanmar today, U.S. Senator John McCain warned the country's leaders that an Arab-Spring-style revolution could be in the offing if they continue to "shun evolutionary reforms." A day earlier, McCain met with "personal hero" Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy icon who has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest. Ms. Suu Kyi, whose most recent release came last November, made headlines earlier this week when she hinted at plans for a tour of the country.
On Wednesday, we talked to Priscilla Clapp, Senior Advisor to Asia Society's 2010 Burma Policy Task Force and former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma, for her thoughts on Suu Kyi's announcement and the prospects for real political change with the military junta still in power. Clapp's commentary, made by telephone from Washington, D.C., accompanies the photo slideshow embedded below.