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Reinventing American Exceptionalism: Why U.S. Foreign Policy Should Embrace Idealism

Vinay Gupta | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Vinay Gupta

If Cubans cannot help themselves, why continue to deny them access to the global stage?

A Bright Spot for the Obama Foreign Policy in the Mines and Forests of Myanmar?

Win Myo Thu | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Win Myo Thu

As President Obama returns to Myanmar, questions are being asked about what change his new approach has actually delivered for ordinary people.

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?

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

Obama Urges Myanmar To End Violence Against Muslims

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2013 | World

By Paul Eckert WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the president of Myanmar on Monday to take steps to halt v...

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...

Myanmar: The Next Environmental Frontier

Carter Roberts | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Carter Roberts

A tsunami of foreign investors and development projects are eager to capitalize on a country just beginning to introduce itself to the world and anxious to bring in much needed investment. The question is: what will it keep and what will it lose in the process?

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.

Obama Myanmar Visit Draws Crucial Attention To Persecuted Muslim Minority

Kristin Wright | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Kristin Wright

A Muslim minority situated along the country's western coast, the Rohingyas have been brutally targeted for extinction by ethnic Arakanese, aided at times by government security officials.

Historic Obama Trip Riddled With Awkward, Unscripted Moments

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

By Matt Spetalnick YANGON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - It won't be mistaken for a Nixon-goes-to-China kind of moment. But Presid...

Obama's Historic Myanmar Visit Marked With Praise, Pressure

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

* First visit by a U.S. president to former pariah state * Faces criticism from human rights groups for going too soon ...

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.

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.