Pres. Obama Visits Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma

As the United States moves to expand its strength and influence in Southeast Asia, President Barack Obama visited Burma on Monday Nov. 19, 2012, and met with leading

democracy activist and reformer Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi. Just two years ago it was unimaginable that theĀ American head of state would land aboard Air Force One in a country dominated by military rule for decades and known for brutal and deadly crackdowns on pro-democracy movements. But the government’s recent transition to more civilian rule – which includes an opening up to Western economic ties, a relaxing of media censorship and the inclusion of Suu Kyi in Parliament – has been lauded for its remarkable pace. But skepticism still remains and some in the international community were critical of Obama’s visit, saying it was too early to give such a substantial American nod to the military government’s reform efforts.

Read more about Obama’s visit to Burma in the New York Times, Voice of America and BBC.

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