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This edition: The Generals and the Democrat: Myanmar in Transition

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Controlled by a military junta, the nation of Burma, or Myanmar, has long been isolated as an international pariah state. But a flicker of hope for many Burmese has been Aung San Suu Kyi, who’s spent decades defying military leaders in her quest for democracy. Now, the generals have started to implement a series of democratic and economic reforms, which the U.S. and other Western powers have welcomed overwhelmingly. But are Myanmar's military leaders serious about reform? And is Aung San Suu Kyi the one to lead Burma through what could be a rocky transition from international outcast to Asian “tiger”?

• Derek Mitchell, U.S. Ambassador to Burma
• Maureen Aung-Thwin, Open Society Foundations
• Suzanne DiMaggio, The Asia Society
• Louise Arbour, International Crisis Group
• David Steinberg, Georgetown University

Guest List

Louise Arbour International Crisis Group

Maureen Aung-Thwin Director, Open Society Institute’s Burma Project

Suzanne DiMaggio Director, Asian Social Issues Program and Global Policy Studies, Asian Society

Derek Mitchell U.S. Ambassador to Burma

David Steinberg Georgetown University

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