Election Over, Burma Officials Release Aung San Suu Kyi

Pro-democracy leader has spent 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest

Monday, November 15, 2010

Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) waves to the crowd as she arrives at her National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 14, 2010. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty)

The military government of Burma has released Aung Sang Suu Kyi, one of the country's most visible pro-democracy advocates and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. She has spent most of the last two decades under house arrest, and re-enters the public eye just after another round of elections which outside observers deemed rigged. Despite the military junta's continued repression, Suu Kyi is calling for Western countries to increase their engagement with Burma, pointing out that sanctions over the last decades have not forced change.

For the future impact Suu Kyi's release could have for Burma, we speak with David Steinberg, Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University and author of “Burma/Myanmar: Everything You Need to Know."


David Steinberg

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