Great Decisions in Foreign Policy

Season 42 Episode 7

The Generals & the Democrat: Burma 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? Featured Guests: Derek Mitchell, U.S. Ambassador to Burma, Maureen Aung-Thwin, Open Society Foundations, Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society, Louise Arbour, International Crisis Group, David Steinberg, Georgetown Universitymoreless
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