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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.

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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September 13, 2016

Myanmar
Will Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit Spark U.S. Investment in Myanmar?

Later this week, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Washington, as part of a broader trip to the United States that will include addressing the United Nations General Assembly. In addition t…

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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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June 22, 2012

Asia
Review of Peter Popham’s Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi

Over the past week, Aung San Suu Kyi has been on a global tour, finally accepting the accolades she won but was unable to receive in person, meeting with longtime supporters in Europe, and giving wha…

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walk in the rose garden at Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country residence in Buckinghamshire, southern England June 22, 2012.

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)

September 21, 2012

Politics and Government
The World Next Week: UN General Assembly Meets, Aung San Suu Kyi Visits the United States, and Islands Divide China and Japan

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the upcoming meeting of the UN General Assembly; Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the United States; and China and Japan’s bickering over som…

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon  shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the United Nations in New York. (UN Photo/Mark Garten/ courtesy Reuters)

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.