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"As the Obama administration turns to the thorny issue of engaging Burma’s authoritarian government, a new Asia Society Task Force report offers a detailed strategy that positions the United States to respond effectively and flexibly to the twists and turns that a potential transition in Burma may take over time. The stakes are high. With Burma’s military leaders preparing to convene elections later this year, a comprehensive U.S. approach—taken in concert with regional and international partners—provides the best hope for bringing Burma into the world community. The Task Force’s report, entitled Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for U.S. Policy, recommends framing U.S. policy toward Burma based on changes taking place in the country with careful consideration of how the instruments at its disposal, including both the engagement and sanctions sides of the equation, can be tapped to encourage political and economic reform."
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"President Obama took office hoping that constructive diplomacy could yield progress on some of the thorniest foreign-policy challenges facing the United States. Among these was Burma, a Southeast Asian nation of 50 million people that has been misruled into poverty, decline and perpetual warfare by a benighted military dictatorship. Mr. Obama did not abandon economic sanctions against the regime, but he did hold out the prospect of warmer relations if Burma's regime would show some sign of easing up on its people."
"Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will travel to Chad on Wednesday, presidential sources said, in his first visit to a member state of the global court demanding his arrest for war crimes and genocide."
"Sudanese rebel group JEM is to sign a landmark deal with the United Nations this week on the protection of children caught up in the Darfur conflict, mediators said Monday."
"Sudan's security services are waging a 'brutal campaign' against government critics, particularly since nationwide elections in April, the London-based human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday."
"Sudan has issued expulsion orders against two top relief officials in Darfur after the International Criminal Court charged President Omar al-Bashir with genocide over the seven-year conflict in the region, aid workers said on Thursday."
"US special envoy Scott Gration will travel Thursday to Sudan to try and unsnag peace efforts in the war-torn western region, and to Uganda, where recent bombings killed 73 people, the State Department said."