A girl wearing a hat and tanaka paste on her face waters flowers at one of main intersections of Naypyitaw (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj).

Interview

Obama to Take 'broad and long view' of Democracy in Myanmar

November 10, 2014, Lynn Kuok and Gabriel Domínguez

  • In the News

    Students [protesting in Myanmar] object to the National Education Law vesting too much control over education in the central government's hands through the creation of a government-controlled National Education Commission and Higher Education Cooperation Committee, which have wide-ranging powers.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The issue of education and educational reform is a particularly thorny one given Myanmar’s history. Students have been responsible for leading many of the country’s main protests, such as in 1988, 1996 and 1998. Students were also involved in the monk-led Saffron Revolution of 2007. For 10 out of the 12 years between 1988 and 2000, Yangon’s universities were closed.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The excessive use of force by the police [against student protesters], at best, indicates poor training and, at worst, suggests a possible return to the heavy handed approach of Myanmar's not-so-distant past.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The Myanmar government must condemn the excessive use of force [by police] and take firm action against those responsible. It will also have to meet students' broader concerns. A failure to properly handle these protests risks them snowballing into broader ones concerning the government's ability and willingness to bring about positive and lasting change.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    Holding Myanmar to unrealistic expectations could also set the nation up for failure during an already cumbersome transition period.

    November 12, 2014, Lex Rieffel, International Business Times
  • In the News

    The [Myanmar] government has already picked most of the low-hanging fruit [of democratic reform] and difficult structural reforms remain.

    November 12, 2014, Lynn Kuok, Politico
  • In the News

    You don't have to walk 200 meters in this city to find a property that is not being used. These agencies say they are helping the country develop. Well, one of the ways you do that is take under-utilized space and utilize it.

    November 12, 2014, Lex Rieffel, ABC News
  • In the News

    The U.S. government is among those who have created very high and unrealistic expectations for transition in Myanmar. The challenge for Obama is to get out of Burma ... without making things worse.

    November 11, 2014, Lex Rieffel, CNBC
  • In the News

    To help the Myanmar people get beyond this will require some sophisticated, thoughtful nudging. This cannot be solved from the bully pulpit.

    October 31, 2014, Lex Rieffel, New York Times
  • Interview | Deutsche Welle

    August 8, 2014, Lynn Kuok

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