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Myanmar’s New Dawn :Opportunities for Aung San Suu Kyi and U.S.-Myanmar Relations

By Center for Strategic and International Studies  •  September 12, 2016

csisFive months after Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to  power in Myanmar in April following their stunning landslide victory in the November 2015  national elections, the new government is still very much in transition. Although the military  that ran the country for 50 years did its best not to turn over the top slot to Aung San Suu Kyi,  the country’s leading generals appear to be trying to prove they can play ball with the new  largely civilian government.

It will now be up to Aung San Suu Kyi to push forward the reforms that former president  Thein Sein launched in 2011. The Myanmar she is leading today is a better place than it was  six years ago when the military freed her from house arrest, launched peace talks with ethnic  armed groups, and mounted tentative economic reforms. It is a much freer country that has  expanded its foreign ties far beyond its one-time patron China, which the military junta  heavily depended on for investment and military equipment.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) between May 29 and June 4  organized a delegation to Myanmar to evaluate the country’s political and economic
transition, the peace process with the country’s ethnic armed groups, the situation of
Muslims in Rakhine State, the health care system, and role of the United States in supporting  reform and development. CSIS’s Southeast Asia Program and the Global Health Policy Center  jointly organized the trip, which included several senior congressional staff.

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