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Aung San Suu Kyi: 'What We Want Is a Truly Democratic Country'

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses Asia Society in New York. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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The iconic Nobel laureate addressed Asia Society for the first time as Myanmar's most powerful official.

How China's Leaders are 'Empowering the Very People They Fear' in Hong Kong

Nathan Law (C) speaks at a rally with Jousha Wong (centre L) and supporters in Causeway bay following Nathan Law's win in the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong on September 5, 2016. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)
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Richard Bush of the Brookings Institute describes how Beijing has "empowered radicals" and "marginalized moderates" in its attempt to control Hong Kong.

Podcast: Taiwan's New Direction

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (C) celebrates her victory in Taipei on January 16, 2016. (Philippe Lopez/Getty Images)
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In the fifth episode of the Asia Society Podcast, we look at the implications of a new government on the island that may be less friendly toward Beijing.

Podcast: Myanmar's Road to Democracy

Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi hold posters bearing her image as they listen to her speak during a campaign rally for the National League for Democracy in Yangon on November 1, 2015. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the fourth episode of the Asia Society Podcast, we trace how the Southeast Asian nation went from five decades of hardline military rule to free elections, and explore what could lie ahead.

The Significance of Myanmar's Historic Elections

Residents of Yangon, Myanmar celebrate the results of the country's democratic elections on Sunday, November 8. (Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)
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The victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy represents tremendous democratic progress in the Southeast Asian nation. But major challenges remain.

#TBT: In 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi Embraces Hillary Clinton

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) greets Aung San Suu Kyi before the Myanmar parliamentarian spoke at an event co-hosted by Asia Society and the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2012. (Asia Society/Joshua Roberts)
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Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: When Myanmar's democracy icon appeared in Washington to signal a major political shift.

Video: Hong Kong Protest Movement a 'Rearguard Action' to Protect City's Unique Identity

L to R: Fred Teng, Ishaan Tharoor, Ho-Fung Hung, and Orville Schell at Asia Society New York on Oct. 28, 2014. (C. Bay Milin)
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Asia Society's October 28 panelists saw the pro-democracy demonstrations as the latest manifestation of a longstanding cultural rift—and as a chance to bolster a local sense of community.

Video: Indonesia's 'Burden' Regarding Islam and Democracy

Indonesia Foreign Minister Dr. Marty Natalegawa (L) and Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski at Asia Society New York on September 19, 2013.

Can Indonesia be seen as a democratic model for other Muslim-majority countries like Egypt and Tunisia?

The 'Bleak' State of Rule of Law in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake (C) walks from the Supreme Court in Colombo on December 4, 2012. (Vikalpa/Groundviews/CPA/flickr)

Asia Society Young Leader Bhavani Fonseka says recent events, including the impeachment of the country's first female chief justice, could "have a chilling effect on hopes for a functioning democracy and sustainable peace in Sri Lanka."

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

Myanmar President Thein Sein answers questions from moderator Suzanne DiMaggio (L) at Asia Society in New York,  Sept. 27, 2012. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)

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