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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.

Photo of the Day: Filipino Fiesta

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Nearly 400 performers and 12,000 spectators celebrated the Santo Niño (Child Christ) at the Sinulog Grand Parade, a week-long cultural festival, in Cebu, Philippines on January 15, 2012. (Jun Pinili /Flickr)

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.
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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)
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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.

Kevin Rudd on Australia's Unique Role in U.S.-China Relations [Gallery/Video]

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In a wide-ranging speech, peppered with Mandarin phrases, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd touched on history and culture as much as contemporary politics to propose a new "rules-based" way for Asia to accommodate Sino-U.S. rivalries. He calls it "Pax Pacifica."

Photo of the Day: A Houseboat On Nageen Lake, Kashmir

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A houseboat on foggy Nageen Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir on December 18, 2011. (Magic Ketchup/Flickr)

Video: John C. Whitehead Says Still 'Lots of Work' for Asia Society To Do

John C. Whitehead (L) receives his award from Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Jay Michael Evans (R) at Asia Society's Awards Dinner in New York on Jan. 11, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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On the eve of his 90th birthday, former U.S. Under Secretary of State John C. Whitehead was recognized for his career in public life at Asia Society's 2011 Awards Dinner, held last night at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

Photos: Asia Society 2011 Awards Dinner

The Asia Society 2011 Awards Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of New York City's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. (Elsa Ruiz)
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Some 400 guests made it to the Grand Ballroom of New York City's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Wednesday night for the Asia Society Awards Dinner, which honored former U.S. Deputy Secreatary of State John C. Whitehead, Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang and Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were among the attendees of the black-tie event.

Video: David Henry Hwang Receives Asia Society Cultural Achievement Award

Playwright David Henry Hwang accepts his Cultural Achievement Award from Asia Society 2011 Awards Dinner Vice Chair Lulu Wang at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Jan. 11, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Playwright, screenwriter and librettist David Henry Hwang accepted a Cultural Achievement Award at Asia Society's 2011 Awards Dinner in New York last night with a witty, self-deprecating speech in which he thanked Asia Society for its longstanding support for his work.