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PacNet #14A – A Critical Moment for Myanmar

Keep an eye on Myanmar. Since the audacious attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters shocked the world at the end of May 2003, the internal dynamics of change in this reclusive country have taken on new dimensions, and there are signs of potentially promising developments in the coming weeks and months. There is also a growing sense of urgency that the political fundamentals of ethnic stability and movement towards democracy need to be addressed sooner rather than later, although the prospect of a regime change that would drastically reduce the controlling authority of the military in Myanmar seems now a wilted dream.