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North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths

January 10, 2019

The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult.

Burma's Democracy: How Real?

March 6, 2014

The opening up of Myanmar (Burma) and the steps undertaken taken toward political reform in that formerly isolated dictatorship have been among Asia's most dramatic and least expected events.  But...

Health and Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar

February 6, 2014

Abstract:The peoples of Burma/Myanmar have faced military rule, human rights violations, and poor health outcomes for decades.

Indonesia Is No Model for Muslim Democracy

March 5, 2013

Since the resignation of Indonesia’s authoritarian president Suharto in 1998, the country has made great strides in consolidating a democratic government.

Ethnicity and Political Responsiveness in China

February 7, 2013

Speaker Bio: Greg Distelhorst is a Ph.D.

Is Burma Transitioning to Democracy?

November 8, 2012

Min Zin is a Burmese journalist, and a regular contributor to The Foreign Policy’s Transition. He also serves as Burma’s country analyst for several research foundations including Freedom House.

Neither Rebels nor Dupes: The New Politics of Thai Peasants

October 25, 2012

Since Thailand’s coup of September 2006, which forced the controversial government of billionaire businessman Thaksin Shinawatra out of office, pro- and anti-Thaksin forces have waged an intense...

Climbing the Summits: ASEAN, America, and the Future of Asia

October 1, 2012

Five Southeast Asian ambassadors discuss ASEAN, Asia, and America’s role

LAD Course: Naypyidaw Myanmar 2012

August 24, 2012

The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) offered a 1.5-day program consisting of two lectures and two case study discussions.

Into The Current: Burma's Political Prisoners

March 12, 2012

Bo Kyi is a Burmese human rights defender, co-founder of the exiled Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, based in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Principle, Pragmatism or Prostitution? Speaking Human Rights to Global Finance

November 1, 2010

Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney, and is the Law Faculty's Associate-Dean (International).

Liberation Technology in Authoritarian Regimes

October 11, 2010

This two day conference will examine the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to expand freedom and generate more pluralistic flows of ideas and information in authoritarian...

A Sea Change in Proliferation: the Examples of Iran and Burma

March 29, 2010

AbstractThe Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Zangger Committee, and the Missile Technology Control Regime are all "supply-side" nonproliferation regimes.  They were created when "high-tech" really was...

Sudan Before and After 2011 [STAND Event]

January 28, 2010

Stanford STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition seeks to use advocacy, awareness-raising and fundraising to address the conflicts in Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma.

Information, Knowledge, and Truth: Replacing Secrecy, Ignorance, and Myth in the Wake of Atrocity

May 8, 2009

This talk will describe the role of data analysis in political transitions to democracy. Transitions require accountability of some form, and in the aggregate, accountability is statistical.

Poorly Governed Resource-Dependent States: Policy Options for the New Administration

March 13, 2009

Many resource dependent states have to varying degrees, failed to provide for the welfare of their own populations, could threaten global energy markets, and could pose security risks for the...

Continuity and Change in Southeast Asia: 2009 Shorenstein Journalism Award:

February 13, 2009

The Shorenstein Award, which carries a cash prize of $10,000, honors a journalist not only for a distinguished body of work, but also for the particular way that work has helped American readers to...

Cambodia: Past, Present, and Future

February 12, 2009

Two images tend to dominate conceptions of the modern Cambodian experience.  Angkor represents heaven, referring to the magnificent temples that capture Cambodia's past glory and future aspirations...

Burma's Crisis: What Should Outsiders Do?

October 18, 2007

Burma (Myanmar) has been under military rule since 1962. It is the least free country in Southeast Asia by the latest Freedom House ranking of political rights and civil liberties.

The Forgotten Organ: Why the United Nations Secretariat Underperforms and What Can Be Done about It

May 11, 2006

The United Nations Secretariat--the main part of the UN bureaucracy directly under the Secretary-General--has arguably changed or been challenged more than any other part of the UN system in recent...

The Failure of International Policy on Burma: History and Prospect

May 10, 2006

For nearly twenty years, an array of mainly Western governments, NGOs, and international organizations including the UN have tried to promote democracy in Burma using sanctions and diplomacy.

Inside ASEAN: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Non-Interference Controversy

May 10, 2005

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has long been based on the principle of national sovereignty, including a norm against interference by one member state in another's domestic...


Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution