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Obama Visit Will 'Boost' Reform in Myanmar

NEW YORK, November 15, 2012 — Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio says Beijing will closely monitor Barack Obama's Asia trip to get a sense of how much the U.S. hopes to increase its influence in the region. more
President Barack Obama waves during the election night rally at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, on November 6, 2012. (Kevin Gebhardt/Flickr)

Video: Obama's Asia Visit Will Be 'Closely Watched' in Beijing

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio says Beijing will closely monitor Barack Obama's Asia trip to get a sense of how much the U.S. hopes to increase its influence in the region. more
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage after winning the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

We Asked Our Experts: What Does Obama's Re-Election Mean for Asia?

How is a second term for the Obama administration likely to affect relations with China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — to name just some of the Asian nations that have featured most prominently in recent headlines? more
Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, October 30, 2012. (DVIDSHUB/Flickr)

Hurricane Sandy: Could Extreme Weather Spur Reform in US as it Did in Myanmar?

In 2008 Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, causing massive devastation but spurring reform. Can Sandy push America to tackle climate change? more
National League for Democracy supporters cheer as they parade ahead of the parliamentary elections in Yangon, Myanmar on March 30, 2012. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Eyeing New Press Freedoms Next Door, China's Netizens Develop 'Myanmar Envy'

When Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi began her visit to the United States in September, Chinese netizens were watching closely. more
A Kachin tribe woman listens to Aung San Suu Kyi in the town of Moe Kaung on February 23, 2012. (Soe Than Win/Getty Images)

The 'Visionary' Women Critical to a Unified Myanmar

Asia Society Asia 21 fellow Wenchi Yu argues that formerly-suppressed women's border NGOs should not be excluded from reform in Myanmar. more
Myanmar President Thein Sein answers questions from moderator Suzanne DiMaggio (L) at Asia Society in New York,  Sept. 27, 2012. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)

Myanmar President Thein Sein: No Reversal to Democratic Transition [Video]

In a landmark appearance on Thursday at Asia Society in New York, Myanmar President Thein Sein said that his country has left behind authoritarian government and that the road to democracy was irreversible. more

Thein Sein: Toward a Viable Democracy (Complete)

Myanmar President Thein Sein expresses his commitment to democratic reform and a "harmonious society." more
Fishermen at work on the Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar on January 7, 2008. (immu/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: Fishermen Afloat in Myanmar

Fishermen at work on the Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar on January 7, 2008. (immu/Flickr) more
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the crowd at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

Thai Prime Minister: 'Woman's Touch' Needed in South China Sea Dispute

Yingluck Shinawatra said her government will "make every effort to help build trust and confidence" among parties in the South China Sea disputes in a speech at Asia Society in New York. more