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September 19, 2017

Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Major Speech on Rakhine State

In a major address to the Myanmar public, and the international community today, Aung San Suu Kyi gave her first significant speech about the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State. This crisis has now beco…

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September 12, 2016

Myanmar
What Aung San Suu Kyi Hopes to Gain From Her U.S. Visit

Later this week, Myanmar State Counselor, and de facto head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi travels to the United States. She will address the United Nations General Assembly and will meet with Presi…

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August 25, 2016

Myanmar
What to Expect at Aung San Suu Kyi’s Peace Conference

Next week, Aung San Suu Kyi and a host of other dignitaries, including United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, will preside over a major peace conference in Naypyidaw. The conference is billed …

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February 22, 2011

Myanmar
Is Aung San Suu Kyi Going Back to Jail?

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks with youths at the National League for Democracy (NLD) head office in Yangon February 8, 2011. (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters) Speaking wit…

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks with youths at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon

September 19, 2017

Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi: Notably Absent from the Opening of the UN General Assembly

As the Myanmar military attacks the Rohingya minority, the country's female leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has done little to stop the violence. The harsh lesson from it all: women leaders do not always p…

A placard with the picture of Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of crimes against humanity, is seen at a rally near the Myanmar embassy during a protest against the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims minority by the Myanmar government, in Jakarta, Indonesia September 8, 2017.

March 18, 2013

Asia
Suu Kyi Fails a Test

About a week ago, the National League for Democracy (NLD) held its first national congress, a kind of meeting of all party activists from across Myanmar. In theory, many activists hoped the congress …

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi shakes hands with supporters after giving a speech in Monywa, Myanmar.

March 8, 2012

Asia
Suu Kyi as a Candidate

In today’s New York Times, Thomas Fuller has an excellent piece exploring the challenges faced by Aung San Suu Kyi as she attempts to make the transformation from longtime (and jailed) icon to politi…

Supporters carry a bust of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she arrives in Mandalay March 3, 2012.

December 26, 2013

Human Rights
Suu Kyi Faces Growing Criticism

Just a short blog item to think about over your holiday season; Asia Unbound will be back in force in the new year. Over the past two years, as Buddhist-Muslim violence in Myanmar has spread from we…

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi looks on as she leads a news conference at the foreign ministry in Rome on October 28, 2013. (Max Rossi/Courtesy Reuters)

October 28, 2012

Asia
Myanmar’s Ethnic Violence: Where Is Suu Kyi?

Over the past week, violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine State, in the western part of Myanmar, has flared up badly once again. According to reports in local media and the news wires, ov…

People collect pieces of metal from the rubble of a neighborhood in Pauktaw township in Rakhine State, Myanmar that was burned in recent violence October 27, 2012.

June 7, 2011

Myanmar
Suu Kyi Steps up the Pressure

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a ceremony to welcome and acknowledge released political prisoners at the National League for Democracy (NLD) head office in Yangon May 2…

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a ceremony to welcome and acknowledge released political prisoners at the National League for Democracy (NLD) head office in Yangon May 27, 2011.