When Aung San Suu Kyi was a prisoner of the ruling military in Myanmar, she won international sympathy — and the Nobel Peace Prize. The dictatorship felt enough international pressure to allow for elections, and she was chosen for leadership, but with limited power. Now she is failing to speak out against brutal military repression of the Rohingya minority in her Buddhist-majority country. Many former supporters are crying “shame.” But others say she has little choice as a virtual prisoner in a fledgling democracy.
Matt Spetalnick, White House Correspondent, Reuters News Service (@mattspetalnick)
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times (@NickKristof)
Sarah Margon, Human Rights Watch
Azeem Ibrahim, Center for Global Policy (@AzeemIbrahim)
Spetalnick on Trump urging ‘strong and swift’ UN action to end Rohingya crisis
Kristof on Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s shame
Margon calls on Suu Kyi to focus on ending Burma’s civil war
Ibrahim on Suu Kyi choosing politics over human dignity
Ibrahim on how we were seduced by Suu Kyi
Asia Society’s Kevin Rudd on Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis and reality
The Rohingyas by Azeem Ibrahim
Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy. He also is a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. The views expressed herein are Azeem Ibrahim’s and do not necessarily reflect those of CGP.