The country formerly known as Burma — now called Myanmar — has found itself on President Barack Obama’s long list of countries deserving of direct diplomatic engagement.
Many international observers are hopeful that the Southeast Asian nation of 48 million people will not only respond to overtures by the U.S. — but will also hold a free and fair parliamentary election in fall 2010. Yet, the date has not been announced, and critics aren’t holding their breath.
Joshua of BurmaVJ and Suzanne DiMaggio join Martin Savidge to explore these issues:
- Junta background: military rule, media crackdown, & ethnic oppression
- 2010 elections: fair vote, Constitution, & Aung Sang Suu Kyi
- U.S. interests: high-level talks, economic engagement, & policy shift
Suzanne DiMaggio is Project Director of the Asia Society’s Task Force on U.S. Policy toward Myanmar. As the Director of Policy Studies, she oversees the Society’s task forces, working groups, & Track II initiatives.
Host: Martin Savidge
Producer: Ben Piven
Assistant Producer: Gizem Yarbil