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last update: march 22nd, 2010

march 22nd, 2010

Report: "Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for US Policy"

"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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march 12th, 2010

Wash. Post Op-Ed: "Burma shunned U.S. diplomacy with new election law. Now what?"

"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."

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last updated october 7th, 2009

october 7th, 2009

Award Honors Former Burmese Political Prisoner

"A former Burmese political prisoner and current head of an exiled prisoner advocacy group has been named one of four people to receive a top international human rights award.

 

Bo Kyi, head of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma (AAPP) was today awarded the Alison Des Forges Defender Award for Extraordinary Activism by Human Rights Watch (HRW)."

october 7th, 2009

Update: Aung San Suu Kyi Meets With Burmese Government Minister

"Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with a Burmese government official Wednesday, the second time in less than a week."

october 6th, 2009

Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Tells MDC Loyalists to Prepare for Elections

"Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has told supporters of his formation of the Movement for Democratic Change, in a unity government with President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF, to get ready for a new round of elections within two years."

october 6th, 2009

Update: SPLM Dismisses Bashir’s Dialogue Call

"Sudan's People Liberation Movement (SPLM) has dismissed as a ploy President Omar Hassan Bashir's call for dialogue."

october 6th, 2009

Attacks 'Show Darfur War Not Over'

"A leading international rights watchdog on Tuesday urged Sudan to rein in its forces in Darfur, saying renewed attacks in the restive region showed that the war was not over."

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