A distinctive group of 18 visitors at the George W. Bush Presidential Center this month were not the usual tourists in shorts and jogging shoes hoping to get their photo taken in the replica of the Oval Office.
The world may be weary of stories of atrocities with constant accounts of man's inhumanity to man in the media. But recent events in Burma demand the attention and definitive action from the international community.
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.
Threats still exist for foreign telecom companies looking to enter the market in Myanmar -- from regulatory risk to civil unrest and political concerns. These are very real considerations for companies making investment decisions.
We came to realize that even after years of isolation and repression, Burma's women had built a strong and resilient civil society and had found resourceful ways to meet critical needs in local communities.
Aung San Suu Kyi, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, shows how one's faith and secular values can provide a much-needed moral compass for fighting social injustice in our world. Her latest move toward reconciliation is a realization of the opportunity to unshackle Burma.
Although the government of Myanmar has given the world a glimpse of their openness to democracy, Phan hopes that their desire to save face within the international community will lead to substantive and not merely cosmetic reform.
From the moment I stepped off the plane, I was indeed taken aback, but not by any seeming threats to my safety or personal freedom. Rather, it felt like I had traveled back in time at least half a century.
The imminent détente with Burma has continued to generate criticism from those who suffer from the appeasement complex, a syndrome that causes politicians to conflate diplomacy with selling out and negotiating with kowtowing.
When a senior U.S. leader visits a foreign country that has been previously vilified, the visit acts as an informal endorsement of that government. Is that the message we want to send the brutal regime in Burma?
The US embassy is Rangoon is not known for its diplomatic activism. But WikiLeaks reveals that behind those forbidding doors busy fingers are sending perceptive, well observed missives about the state of Burmese misery.
"Media has quite a big power," says Aye Chan. In a profoundly religious land, Democratic Voices of Burma's images of dead monks floating in rivers had a huge impact on the populace. Seeing is believing, as the expression goes.