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Reform in Myanmar

The authors discuss President Obama returning to Myanmar two years after his initial visit.

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idea light bulbPresident Barack Obama is visiting Myanmar this week to attend the 2014 East Asia Summit.The president’s visit comes two years after his November 2012 trip, the first of a sitting U.S. president, and soon after the military government in Myanmar adopted a surprising and bold—but still incomplete—reform agenda.

Since Myanmar first took steps toward reform in 2011, the Obama administration has carefully recalibrated its policy toward the once beleaguered nation, resulting in a sea change in bilateral relations. Within the administration’s broader framework of rebalancing to Asia, Myanmar has become a centerpiece of enhanced U.S. engagement, in contrast to its previous role as a barrier to expanded U.S. ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

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