Burma Votes for Change: The Challenges Ahead

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April 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy swept Burma’s November 2015 elections. Will the new NLD-led government be able to live up to high expectations that it will deliver better governance, national reconciliation, and some form of federalism?

Burma Votes for Change: Clashing Attitudes Toward Democracy

Article
April 2016

What does public opinion tell us about Burma’s longer-term prospects for democracy? The Asian Barometer Survey reveals contradictory attitudes regarding democracy and democratic values among the citizens of Burma.

Burma Votes for Change: The New Configuration of Power

Article
April 2016
Even though Burma’s military seems to have accepted the NLD’s stunning election victory, it can still use an array of constitutional provisions to hamstring the incoming NLD government.

Exits from Military Rule: Lessons for Burma

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April 2015

Burma’s troubled transition is imperiled by the reluctance of the military to loosen its grip. What lessons can the Burmese learn from other East Asian countries that have emerged from military rule?

The Opening in Burma: A Union for All of Us

Article
October 2012

Elections alone will not answer the question of how to build a lasting democracy. Minority rights also must be protected.

The Opening in Burma: The Generals Loosen Their Grip

Article
October 2012

Although active or retired military officers still hold top government posts, direct rule by the military as an institution is over, at least for now.

The Opening in Burma: The Democrats' Opportunity

Article
October 2012

The Burmese transition that began in 2011 will be a protracted process. The main challenge now is to build a state in which democracy can take root and grow.

The Opening in Burma: The Need for a Political Pact

Article
October 2012

The hardest work of the transition—negotiating political pacts—has not yet begun. Burma’s democrats must help to forge a system of mutual security that can allow democratization to proceed.

The Opening in Burma: Strengthening Civil Society

Article
October 2012

For the country to develop, it needs an informed and engaged citizenry that has the knowledge and freedom to question those in power.

The Spirit of Aung San Suu Kyi

Article
July 2012

A review of The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham.

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