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Myanmar: Too Soon to Declare End of Reforms

Erin Murphy | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Erin Murphy

We should recognize that Myanmar is now a different country. There is a different government, and it is one that we can work with. Our approach must be different, too.

What Will Be Obama's Legacy in Burma?

Rena Pederson | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Rena Pederson

The question is whether President Obama can advance his foreign policy aims -- expanding trade, increasing military cooperation, keeping China at bay -- and honor the rest of that 2009 inaugural address?

In Retrospect: US-Burma Relations in 2012

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 02.26.2013 | World
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

U.S.-Burma relations in 2012 were an outcome of years of diplomatic maneuvering since the downgrading of U.S. representation in Burma in 1988, a result of the U.S. government's dual-track policy, using carrots and sticks.

The Road to Mandalay

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

President Barack Obama paid a much heralded visit to Myanmar last week. With little else going right with the American project to promote democracy in the world, Myanmar was a natural feel-good tale -- feel good about bright prospects for the Burmese and feel good about America's devotion to the noble cause of freedom.


Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama just concluded his whirlwind tour of Asia. While there, he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar. A new phot...

The Myanmar of the Future: Empowering a Nation to Take Charge of Its Destiny

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Upon learning of Obama's trip to Myanmar -- the first visit to the country by a sitting president -- I immediately recalled my own long relationship with the country. The White House has characterized the trip as an economic meeting, but it represents much more than economics.

Cutting the Ribbon in Burma Without Doing the Work in Iran and Syria

Richard Grenell | Posted 01.18.2013 | World
Richard Grenell

Obama's visit to 'cut the ribbon' on a seemingly foreign policy success story is the culmination of years of risk-taking leadership from previous presidential administrations. Sadly, the Obama team hasn't even taken risks on the difficult issues of Cuba, Palestine, Sudan or Iran.

Obama Asia Visit To Encourage Democracy

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

* Shift in US strategic focus to Asia * Obama heading to Myanmar, in transition to democracy * Won't be able to forget M...

President Obama Must Carry a Human Rights Message to Myanmar or Risk Setting Back Momentum for Reform

Amnesty International | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Amnesty International

The few hours that the president will spend on the ground in Myanmar sends a signal that the government is no longer an international outlaw. But the president's stop-over has the potential to advance rather than set back reform.

Clinton to Burma: Rewarding Democrats, Punishing Tyrants

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.02.2012 | World
Doug Bandow

Engaging Burma may encourage that state to continue on a more independent course. The regime isn't likely to dump its patron -- China is too close. However, any distance between Naypyidaw and Beijing would be a positive.

India and China Greedy in Burma; Obama Scolds

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Betwa Sharma

Even as President Barack Obama endorsed India's candidacy for the U.N. Security Council, he scolded New Delhi for not being tough on its neighbor, Burma.

Burma's Nyan Win Visits Washington, Signals Softening Of U.S. Policy | John Pomfret | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For the first time in nine years, the United States allowed Burma's foreign minister to come to Washington, a sign of softening U.S. policy toward the...

Obama, Burmese Monks Call For Release Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hanna Ingber Win

Burmese monks talk to HuffPost about Suu Kyi's arrest, repression in Burma and the state of the democracy movement about a year and a half after the Saffron Revolution.

Washington Post: Is It Time For U.S. To Reach Out To Burma's Junta? | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S inaugural address made the world's tyrants a proposition. "We will extend a hand," Mr. Obama said, "if you are willing to unclench y...