Rewarding Progress: Time for a suspension of sanctions on Burma?

Today marked another landmark in Burma’s recent history. The visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron is both the first visit by a western leader to Burma in decades and the first ever visit by a British Prime Minister to the country since its independence in 1948. The visit is also significant because Britain has [...]

Burma: EU support Burmese people’s endeavor for human rights and democracy

Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union Dear High Representative, I write to you regarding recent developments in Burma and the forthcoming EU foreign ministers debate on reviewing the Common Position on Burma on April 23. The EU has made positive gestures to support the nascent reforms in Burma, including pledging of €150 [...]

Burma’s Elections and Suu Kyi’s Victory: Caution or Celebration?

Late last night (Tuesday April 3rd) Burma’s State Television officially announced that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy had won 43 of the 44 parliamentary seats it contested in by-elections on Sunday. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (the party led by former members of the Junta) won one, and then in [...]

Why Burma’s By-Elections Matter

While the official results of today’s (Sunday April 1 2012) by-elections in Burma will not be formally announced for a few days Aung San Suu Kyi’s party the National League for Democracy (NLD) has already proclaimed that it has won 44 of the 45 seats being contested. While I will give some more detailed analysis [...]

Rewarding Progress: Burma, the United States and the World Bank

At the inaugural lecture on Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville on January 27th Ambassador Derek Mitchell, the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, announced that the Obama administration would seek to reward political reform while maintaining the current sanctions regime until further notice. Yesterday saw more indications of the carrots Washington can [...]

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