Will Aung San Suu Kyi be president? Odds are lengthening

Griffith Asia Institute
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A year ago, a Lowy Institute panel was asked whether Aung San Suu Kyi would become president of Burma(Myanmar). The question was also raised on The Interpreter. The answer on both occasions was that such an outcome was far from certain. Powerful forces in Burma were working hard to prevent it. Few informed observers were optimistic about […]

When Aung San Suu Kyi comes to call

Griffith Asia Institute
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At one level, Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Australia last week was all high praise, inspiring speeches and standing ovations. At another level, it was hard-headed politics, diplomatic signals and muted criticisms. At times, history was simplified or re-written to suit the occasion. In other words, there were no surprises and on all sides […]

Aung San Suu Kyi: A pilgrim’s progress

Griffith Asia Institute
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There was a time when to criticise Aung San Suu Kyi was to court a firestorm of angry responses from her worldwide legion of supporters, who ranged from radical Burmese activists to conservative Western officials. She was considered by many to be without fault and without peer. That situation has now changed, as the Burmese opposition […]