In 2012, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president ever to visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This official state visit marked a new period in the long and sinuous diplomatic relationship between the United States and Burma/Myanmar, which Kenton Clymer examines in his new book, A Delicate Relationship.
It took some time to complete the final tabulation, with election workers carrying ballots by foot from some mountainous areas and then loading them into helicopters. Asia Program Fellow Renaud Egreteau helps us recap the results and also speaks about the implications for Myanmar’s democracy moving forward.
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